About This Series

May 16, 2001 1 min read

This six-part special report focuses on efforts being made to redesign the American high school to meet the challenges of today’s knowledge-driven society.

Against Odds, School Propels
Its Students to College

At a time when critics are suggesting that American high schools have far to go to educate all students to higher academic standards, 1,700-student Rivera High seems to be holding its own.
Push To Raise Achievement
Yields Lessons

An interview with Gene Bottoms, the founder of the High Schools That Work program.
K-12 and College Expectations
Often Fail To Mesh
, May 9, 2001
The skills and knowledge required to succeed
in college are often
vastly different from state academic standards required for graduating high
school seniors.
The Breakup:
Suburbs Try
Smaller High Schools
, May 2, 2001
An increasing number of schools across the country are subdividing into smaller schools to fight poor achievement, student alienation, and other school ailments.
AP Program Assumes Larger Role, April 25, 2001 Efforts to give high school students access to college-level coursework are booming. Is this as good a sign as it seems?
A Quiet Crisis: Unprepared
For High Stakes
, April 18, 2001
The nationwide drive to hold high school students to more rigorous academic standards and tests reveals a quiet crisis: A large proportion of students who are already in high school are not yet doing high-school-level work.
Getting Serious
About High School
, April 11, 2001
Recent studies and reform initiatives suggest a growing sense that what is needed for the nation’s high schools is nothing short of a new mission for a new century.