States’ Progress Toward High School Restructuring

As many Title I high schools approach their fifth year of failing to meet adequate yearly progress (AYP), many states and districts are struggling to navigate the new waters of school restructuring as required in such cases as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. This brief from the National High School Center outlines the provisions of the law related to restructuring and includes strategies that states and districts are undertaking to meet their obligations under the law, particularly at the high school level.

Essential Tools: Increasing Rates of School Completion: Moving from Policy and Research to Practice

This manual from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition provides a synthesis of research-based dropout prevention and intervention and offers examples of interventions that show evidence of effectiveness. This tool is intended as a base of current knowledge that can be built upon as additional interventions are implemented and empirically validated.

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools—A Report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York

The Alliance for Excellent Education conducted a meta-analysis on 11 research-based practices aimed at improving the writing skills of fourth to 12th graders. The practices are: (1) writing strategies, (2) summarization, (3) collaborative writing, (4) specific product goals, (5) word processing, (6) sentence combining, (7) prewriting, (8) inquiry activities, (9) process writing approach, (10) study of models, and (11) writing for content learning. The results of the meta-analyses indicate that the practices examined had a large to medium effect size on students’ writing skills.

High School Highlights from the Condition of Education 2012

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released The Condition of Education 2012, a congressionally mandated annual report intended to help inform policymakers and the public about trends and conditions in U.S. education. This year’s report includes 49 indicators covering (1) participation in education, (2) elementary and secondary education and outcomes, and (3) postsecondary education and outcomes.

Doing What Works Promotes Research-Based Practices for High School Administrators

Doing What Works (DWW), a U.S. Department of Education funded, web-based project, translates research-based practices into usable resources, such as tools and media, to help promote student achievement. A session presented at the 2012 conference of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in Tampa, Florida, March 8-10 2012, provided approximately 70 high school administrators with a firsthand look at how these resources can help them infuse more research-based strategies into their practice.

When Cyberbullying Spills into Schools

Bullying and its consequences is not a new topic of discussion in the school climate discussion. A very recent Ohio high school tragedy is alleged to have been the result of bullying. On February 23, Education Week offered an on-demand Webinar entitled “When Cyberbullying Spills into School,” which aimed to address when schools should intervene in cyberbullying.

EWS Team Members Present at 24th Annual At-Risk Youth Forum

Michelle Perry and Matthew Hauenstein from the National High School Center’s Early Warning System (EWS) Team recently presented on the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System (EWIMS) implementation process and EWS Middle Grades and High SchoolTools at the 24th Annual At-Risk Youth Forum, held February 19-22 in Myrtle Beach, SC.


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