High School Redesign by sammyc2007

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									High School
   Our high schools must be
   reinvented, not reformed…
                --Hilary Pennington
     Cofounder, Jobs for the Future
A Call for Change
   High schools of today reflect an
    earlier age
   Designed for the 20th century’s
    industrial-age economy not the 21st
    century’s information age economy
   Often represent the weakest link in
    our education pipeline
Startling Figures
 Of 100 ninth-graders entering high
  school today, approximately
    68 will graduate on time
    40 will go on to college directly,
    32 will be prepared for college, and
    only 18 will graduate from college in a
     timely manner.
 Numbers are even lower for poor and
  minority students
 One recent study places the US 24th out
  of 29 of the most developed nations in
  math literacy among high school
The Silent Epidemic—
Perspectives of High
School Dropouts
   Even students are calling for
   A report by Civic Enterprises in
    association with Peter D. Hart
    Research Associates for the Bill
    and Melinda Gates Foundation
   March 2006
Top 5 Reasons for
Leaving School
   47%--classes were not interesting
   43%--missed too many days and
    could not catch up
   42%--spent time with people who
    were not interested in school
   38%--had too much freedom and
    not enough rules in my life
   35%--was failing in school
What Would Improve
Students’ Chances
   81%--opportunities for real-world
   81%--better teachers who keep
    classes interesting
   75%--smaller classes with more
    individual instruction
What Would Improve
Students’ Chances
   71%--better communication
    between parents & school; get
    parents more involved
   71%--parents make sure their kids
    go to school every day
   70%--increase supervision at
    school; ensure students attend
The Challenge
  If America is going to continue to
 lead the world economically and if
 every child is going to have the
 opportunity to rise to his and her
 full potential, the nation must
 fundamentally redesign its high
    --National Governor’s Association
      Redesigning the American High
Getting It Done—Ten
Steps to a State Action
   At the National Governor’s Association in
    2003, the nation’s governors challenged
    states to implement the following State
    Action Agenda to redesign high school:
       Create a permanent education
        roundtable or commission
       Define a rigorous college and work
        preparatory curriculum for high school
Getting It Done
    Challenge business, education,
     parent, community, and faith-
     based organizations to support
     statewide initiatives that improve
     college awareness
    Give college and work readiness
     assessments in high school
    Create statewide common course
Getting It Done
    Provide financial incentives for
     disadvantaged students to take
     rigorous AP exams and college
     and work preparatory classes
    Expand college-level learning
     opportunities in high school
Getting It Done
    Help get low-performing students
     back on track by designing literacy
     and math recovery programs
    Develop and fund supports to help
     students pass the high school exit
    Develop statewide pathways to
     industry certification
SC High School
Redesign Commission
   We accepted the challenge.
   Convened in March 2005 by Inez
    Tenenbaum and Mack Whittle,
    Carolina First Bank Chairman and
   Purpose—to study the latest
    research on high school initiatives
    that promote high achievement
    and make recommendations for
    future state action
Strategies for Change
   The Education and Economic
    Development (EEDA)
   The Gates Early College High
    School Initiative
   The Gateway to College Program
   The Breaking Ranks II Model
   Reducing Risky Behaviors
   10 major recommendations
   55 subcommittee strategies
PreK-16 Coordinating
   Foster communication and
    coordination between preK-12
    schools and state institutions of
    higher learning
   Oversee integration of standards,
    articulation of courses, and dual
    credit arrangements
Data Management
   Create an interrelated system with
    individual student progress and
    outcomes tracked across
    education sectors
   PreK-16
   Eliminate the requirement for
    completion of 120 hours of
    instruction to receive Carnegie unit
   Substitute a proficiency-based
Alternative Pathways to
   Virtual high school
   Credit-recovery labs
   Extended school day or extended
    school year programs
Dual Credit
   Allow a three-semester hour
    college course to transfer as 1 full
    unit of Carnegie credit toward a
    high school diploma
   Adequate funding for
    comprehensive high school reform
    including full funding for the
    implementation of the EEDA
Community Learning
   Maximize the public investment in
    school construction and upkeep
   Accommodate the critical need to
    upgrade the work skills of the
    state’s adults
   Provide extended learning
    opportunities for students
   Extended educator contracts
   Vertical teams—time and support
   Instructional coaches—
    unsatisfactory, below average, and
    average schools
   Smaller learning communities
   Reduction in number of students
    that teachers are responsible for
   Recruit, train, and retain capable
    teachers and administrators
The Dream
 Contrary to widespread perception
 in South Carolina, the quality of
 student performance in the state is
 typically on par with the U. S.
 average and rapidly improving.
 The principal issue is the quantity
 of students successfully passing
 through the system.
            --The Monitor Group, Inc.
                     McLean, Virginia
The Dream (continued)
 If we keep the system as it is, millions of
 children will never get a chance to fulfill
 their promise because of their zip code,
 their skin color, or the income of their
 parents. Every kid can graduate ready
 for college. Every kid should have the
 chance. Let’s redesign our schools to
 make this happen.
                                 --Bill Gates
National Education Summit on High School
                           February 26, 2005
Contact Information
Suzette S. Lee, Director
Office of High School Redesign

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