In February 2013, during his State of the Union Address, President Obama announced the High School Redesign initiative. The initiative will encourage schools to develop new college and career pathways through a $300 million competitive grant program. On June 7, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan followed up with details on the competition. Along with his announcement, the U.S.
This policy brief discusses the growing second-language learner population in schools. Through case studies of schools in Austin and the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas, it provides state and federal policymakers recommendations for policy changes that can help schools increase student achievement among this population.
This study evaluated the effects of English, mathematics, and career development curriculum on high school sophomore and junior American Indian students’ academic achievement in Nizhoni Academy, a five-week summer program. Data from teacher-constructed math and English pre and posttests and a questionnaire regarding students’ feelings related to career goals and opportunities available to them after graduation were examined. Results revealed that the academy improved test scores in both content areas and prepared American Indian students for college.
In this webinar, presenters Larry McClenny, Superintendent, Patton Springs ISD, Kristina Baca, Superintendent, Loving Municipal Schools, and John White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education discuss how rural schools are preparing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in college and in jobs by creating learning opportunities through dual enrollment and career and technical education. The panelists discussed the challenges and successes of collaborating with partners such as community colleges and local businesses.
This report discusses the importance of early literacy in order to prepare adolescents to be college and career ready. It states that literacy crosses over into other subject areas such as science and math and problem solving skills in life. The authors suggest that linking instruction to the growing knowledge base on literacy and using current outcome data and best practices can help bridge this gap and lead to more prepared students.
REL Appalachia at CNA Analysis & Solutions hosted a Webinar on September 24, 2012, entitled Increasing Access to College Preparatory Courses in Rural Communities through Dual Enrollment. The Webinar addressed the latest research pertaining to dual enrollment programs and highlighted how these programs are implemented at a district and state level.
Could high school dropout indicators tested in urban areas also predict high school dropouts in my rural state of Idaho? We all realize schools large and small, rural and urban, need student data tracking systems. The Early Warning System (EWS) Tool v2.0, available from the National High School Center, is a free, downloadable Excel-based tool that uses readily available student-level data to identify students who exhibit early warning signs that they are at risk for dropping out of high school.