This occasional series, launched in January 2005, looks at the growing push to reform secondary education.
College & Workforce Readiness Several States Making College-Prep Courses The Default Curriculum
As they prepare to enter high school next fall, 8th graders in public schools across Texas are being given a choice of three different academic plans to follow through graduation, two of which are distinctively tougher than the third.
School & District Management R.I. Downplays Tests as Route to Diplomas
While about half the states require high school students to pass tests to graduate, or have plans to do so, policymakers in the nation’s smallest state have struck out on a path that values multiple ways of measuring achievement.
School & District Management ‘First Things First’ Shows Promising Results
No one is calling it a miracle, but the Kansas City, Kan., district’s experience with First Things First—with backing from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation—is offering hope that the redesign of urban high schools is not a lost cause.
School & District Management District Making ‘Transition’ to Bigger Supply of Schools of Choice
By 2008, Philadelphia school system plans to make a transition from about 55 high schools to between 70 and 80 smaller ones of choice.
Curriculum For-Profit Writes Mandatory Courses for Phila. High Schools
A new, standardized college-preparatory curriculum crafted by Kaplan K12 Learning Services Group is a critical element in Philadelphia's plan to improve secondary education.