Recently Released High School Resources

Looking for new high school-related resources?  Here are some highlights that other organizations have recently released:

Facts from NLTS2: The Secondary School Experiences and Academic Performance of Students With Hearing Impairments

This new fact sheet from the National Center for Special Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences takes data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) and highlights the secondary school experiences and academic performance of students with hearing impairments in the United States. The fact sheet shows that more than three-fourths (76 percent) of students with hearing impairments attended a typical school with a wide variety of students, while nearly one-fifth (19 percent) attended a school serving students only with disabilities, and 4 percent attended another type of school (e.g, charter, alternative, hospital, or home school). Additionally, the fact sheet indicates that achievement gaps in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies exist between students with hearing impairments and their peers in the general population.

Closing the Expectations Gap 2011

Achieve, Inc. has released its annual 50-state progress report on the alignment of high school policies and practices with the demands of college and careers as part of the American Diploma Project. Among other things, the report finds that 20 states and the District of Columbia have established requirements that all high school graduates must complete a college- and career-ready curriculum that includes at least mathematics at the level of an Algebra II course (or its equivalent) and four years of grade-level English to earn a high school diploma.

The Promise of Communities of Practice

A recent blog from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement and authored by Larkin Tackett, Deputy Director of Promise Neighborhoods, and Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, discusses strategies for increasing peer-to-peer professional learning spaces among teachers and other education leaders to collaborate, share knowledge, and problem solve about best practices to close achievement gaps.


Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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