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1 Helping all students graduate ready for college, work and citizenship NCSL Annual Convention, Denver CO, 7/23/02 Helping all students graduate ready for college, work and citizenship NCSL Annual Convention, Denver CO, 7/23/02

2  Budget crisis in 40 states  “No Child Left Behind” questions  Focus on elementary literacy With a full agenda… Why high schools?  Least effective  Gross inequities  Most intractable  High stakes Students that don’t leave high school college ready are unlikely to enter economic and civic mainstream

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5 Ineffective and inequitable U.S. Student Relative Performance of 41 Countries Taking TIMMS U.S. High School Graduation Rates  U.S. has high-performing elementary and higher education  But, high schools are among worst in the world, especially in serving disadvantaged students Source: US Dept. of Education; NCES; Common Core of Data; Manhattan Institute

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8 Transforming our secondary schools from anonymity & incoherence to rigor & relationship Grade & test focused Command & control Independent struggle Passive coverage Isolation & anonymity Instruction Assessment Progress Relationships Climate Advocate for every student Professional learning community Frequent & varied performance assessment Demonstration Focused, relevant, & rigorous A lab subject Teaching Load students Teaching Technology Curriculum Expectations students Credit accumulation Unfocused, irrelevant & inconsistent Varied by track Common goals and high expectations for all In-depth active inquiry Integrated & accessible Respect & responsibility

9 4 types of schools Start with: Example:Denmark: Start with: Example:Denmark: 1. Academic Content Bard EC,Gymnasium F. Douglas 2. Applied Work HTH/NTH*,HTX/HHX, Art, CES100 voc. paths 3. Alternative StudentMet, MNC*,Production school, Diploma+Individual options 4. Affiliated WorldviewCatholicMuslim Every secondary portfolio needs diverse options that prepare all students for college, work & citizenship *High Tech High (San Diego), New Tech High (Napa), Met (Providence), Minn. New Country (Henderson, MN)

10 What states should do 1. Standards, assessment & accountability:  Adopt college-ready/linked standards  Develop online standards-based tests  Use multiple accountability measures & robust intervention strategies 2. Provide adequate need-based funding 3. Promote college awareness, access & aid 4. Start new secondary schools & remove incentives for mega-schools

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