What We Are Reading: College Readiness Reports, GED, Dual Enrollment

Looking for new high school-related resources?  Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:* Data That Matters: Giving High Schools Useful Feedback on Grads' Outcomes (Education Sector, November 8, 2011). In Data That Matters, Anne Hyslop identifies four characteristics—the 4Ts—of the most successful college readiness reports. They must be: transparent, thorough, timely, and tailored. Characteristics of GED Recipients in High School: 2002–06 (National Center for Education Statistics, November 16, 2011). This Issue Brief uses the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 to compare the demographics, high school experiences, and academic achievement of 10th graders who four years later were GED recipients, high school graduates or high school dropouts. Secondary School Programs and Performance of Students With Disabilities: A Special Topic Report of Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) (National Center for Special Education Research, November 17, 2011). This new report uses data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 dataset to provide a national picture of what courses students with disabilities took in high school, in what settings, and with what success in terms of credits and grades earned. Who Enrolls in Dual Enrollment and Other Acceleration Programs in Florida High Schools? (REL Southeast, November 2011) This study of advanced-level high school courses that offer credit toward both a high school diploma and a college degree in Florida compares one such program (dual enrollment) with others, describing the number and characteristics of grade 11 and 12 students enrolled overall and by district. It also examines dual enrollment partnerships between high schools and colleges in nine sample school districts. Nutrition and Physical Education Policy and Practice in the Pacific Region (REL Pacific, November 2011). The report describes the percentage of secondary schools that have adopted policies and practices for student wellness, physical education, food service, and nutrition education across the seven jurisdictions in the Pacific Region.  *Resource descriptions provided by the sponsoring organization. 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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