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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.