Strategies to Improve High Schools
Research suggests six reform strategies that may help high schools better prepare students for college-level work and the workforce: planning at the state and district levels; rigorous curricula; real-world relevant curricula; improving student relationships and personalization; improving transitions to 9th grade, college, and work; and data-driven decision-making. This article lists key actions and offers practical examples and additional resources.
- planning at the state and district levels to create multiple pathways for students to master a common set of high standards;
- increasing the rigor of the curriculum;
- increasing the relevance of the curriculum;
- improving student relationships with teachers and other students, and personalizing the learning experience for each student;
- improving students’ transitions to 9th grade, college, and work; and
- using data to make decisions.
The guide provides a brief discussion of each strategy, as well as links to practical examples and further resources. It also includes a list of 14 national organizations focusing on high school.
Learning Point Associates. (2005). Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Strategies to Improve High Schools. NCREL Quick Key Action Guide, No. 9. Retrieved September 24, 2007, from http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/qkey9.pdf.
Comments and Recommendations