High School Reform Research Paper

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The Need for High School Reform Theresa O’Donnell HIS324: History of American Education Instructor: Kathleen Kelley November 8, 2010 The Need for High School Reform The need for reform in American high schools has become quite apparent to many, including governments, teachers, parents, students, and communities as a whole. Much of the awareness to the matter of reform was brought about by A Nation at Risk, a report issued by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. The report “caught the attention of both the public and educators” and it “made a strong case for the urgency of reform if the nation was to retain its place in the modern world” (Pulliam & Van Patten, 2007, p.253). The reason for the need for…show more content…
(2005, November). High School Reform and High School Afterschool: A Common Purpose. Retrieved October 25, 2010, from http://www.afterschoolalliance.org This resource has provided me with pertinent information pertaining to high school reform. It gives specific details about high school students and statistics, as well as, describes the challenges faced in educating high school students. The reference also provides some possible approaches to fixing the problems that high schools are dealing with in regards to preparing children for the outside world. ASCD. (2006). The ASCD High School Reform Proposal. Retrieved October 25, 2010, from http://www.ascd.org The ASCD website describes many key components of high school reform. It also gives a variety of recommendations on how to achieve the goals of high school reform including multiple assessments, personalized learning, flexible use of time and structure, professional development, and business and community engagement and shows how each of these recommendations work. Democratic Leadership Council. (2008, January 30). High School Reform. Retrieved October 25, 2010, from…show more content…
It described three myths as to why the high school transformation process has become an extremely lengthy one and how to change that fact. It also describes the major role advanced placement courses plays in high school reformation and how those courses can prepare students for a college education and a successful career. National Conference of State Legislatures (2010). High School Redesign: High School Reform Overview. Retrieved October 25, 2010, from http://www.ncsl.org This website shows how important it is for American high schools to prepare their students for college, in order for America to compete in this 21st century knowledge-based world. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provides a number of statistics pertaining to high school graduation and drop out rates. The NCSL also gives a few specific solutions designed to improve high schools throughout the country. Pulliam, J.D. and Van Patten, J.J. (2007). History of Education in America (9th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education,

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