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April 18, 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.

THIS WEEK, April 18, 2001
A Quiet Crisis: Unprepared
For High Stakes

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.
A Primary Subject
Goes Secondary

Recognition is growing that schools must extend the focus on reading and writing to the middle and high school years if students are to achieve success in high school and beyond.
Minnesota District Making
Math Count for Everyone

Minnesota school districts are gearing up for new state standards that raise the ante for what next fall’s freshman class will need to learn before its members earn their diplomas.
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.
Picking Up the Pace, 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?
Individual Attention, May 2, 2001 The idea that smaller is better in meeting adolescents’ needs is undergirding efforts to redesign high schools across the nation.
College Connection, May 9, 2001 What high schools provide and what colleges expect often fail to match up, but attempts to fix that are under way.
Making It Happen, May 16, 2001 Some high schools are defying the odds to become places where students achieve uncommon success.