School & District Management Collection

High School

The Shifting Mission

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.

School & District Management Push To Raise Achievement Yields Lessons
Among national high school improvement efforts, the High Schools That Work program is a pioneer. Begun in 1987 by the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board, the network now includes 1,100 schools in 26 states.
May 16, 2001
5 min read
School & District Management Against Odds, School Propels Its Students to College
Every year, Clement R. Markley does a little mathematics exercise with his history classes here at Simon Rivera High School.
Debra Viadero, May 16, 2001
18 min read
School & District Management Making Dreams of College Come True
Alan H. Rowe had been opening doors to the nation's historically black colleges and universities for Sacramento-area young people for more than a decade when the Elk Grove school district "discovered" him. It was a matter of luck, but also a matter of timing.
Bess Keller, May 9, 2001
9 min read
College & Workforce Readiness K-12 and College Expectations Often Fail to Mesh
In hotel conference rooms here last month, a group of university faculty members met to pore over samples of freshman work, trying to identify the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in the first year of college.
Lynn Olson, May 9, 2001
22 min read
School & District Management Schools Seen as Out of Sync With Teens
Driving her bleary-eyed daughter to school at 7:20 a.m. one day this spring, Lanning Taliaferro was bemoaning a threat of violence that had closed a nearby school. Her daughter Anne Lange, a junior at Ossining High School in Ossining, N.Y., had a different take on the incident: "I wish someone would do that here so I could get some sleep."
Bess Keller, May 2, 2001
8 min read
School & District Management The Breakup: Suburbs Try Smaller High Schools
With its football games, average test scores, and angst-filled social world, Glen Este High School might well symbolize America's suburban high school, remarkable chiefly for how typical it is.
Catherine Gewertz, May 2, 2001
17 min read
Teacher Ian Howell discusses international relations during an Advanced Placement class in McLean, Va.
Teacher Ian Howell discusses international relations during an Advanced Placement class in McLean, Va.
Allison Shelley
College & Workforce Readiness AP Program Assumes Larger Role
Expressing the belief that "America's young people are a lot smarter than we give them credit for," then-U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley issued a challenge to the nation's high schools in February of last year.
Debra Viadero, April 25, 2001
13 min read
School & District Management Dual-Enrollment Programs Spreading
When the alarm clock blares its unwelcome wake-up call at 6 a.m. in Noah Hogan's bedroom, the 17-year-old has to fight off the temptation to sleep in and skip class. Like many seniors, he has already been accepted by a college, and these last months of high school can be a tedious countdown to graduation.
John Gehring, April 25, 2001
12 min read
Curriculum The International Baccalaureate: 'Cadillac' of College-Prep Programs
If senior year is for slacking off, counting down until Beach Week, and reveling in the long-awaited privileges that come with reigning atop the high school food chain, somebody forgot to tell Gabe Mandujano.
John Gehring, April 25, 2001
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness A Quiet Crisis: Unprepared for High Stakes
Anna Rios dislikes the idea that she has to pass a statewide test to earn a high school diploma. Still, the slight 15-year-old, in jeans and a baseball cap, is staying after school to bone up on the algebra on the Massachusetts Assessment of Comprehensive Skills, which this year's sophomores must pass by 2003 to graduate. "I know I need help," she explained, "so I decided to come for the after-school program."
Lynn Olson, April 18, 2001
22 min read
School & District Management Minnesota District Making Math Count for Everyone
Over the next few years, math enrollment at Roseville Area High School promises to look like the Dow Jones Industrial average in the 1990s: It'll keep going up.
David J. Hoff, April 18, 2001
10 min read
Reading & Literacy A Primary Subject Goes Secondary
After nearly three decades as a chemistry teacher, Jeffrey Rogers felt he had mastered his subject and knew best how to teach it. So when a colleague in the language arts department at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School suggested that he incorporate reading strategies into his lessons to help students tackle the complex text and vocabulary of his course, Mr. Rogers responded bluntly, "I'm not a reading teacher."
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, April 18, 2001
8 min read
School & District Management Getting Serious About High School
When Rachael Oberdalhoff thinks of her high school years, she remembers crowded hallways, inaccessible guidance counselors, "gut" courses on floral design and marriage, and the social life. Especially the social life.
Debra Viadero, April 11, 2001
20 min read
School & District Management School-to-Work Seen as Route to More Than Just a Job
In Philadelphia, what started 10 years ago with a few students in a manufacturing apprenticeship has today grown to a districtwide school-to-work program in which hundreds of employers work with thousands of students and teachers to provide work-based learning experiences.
John Gehring, April 11, 2001
10 min read