Education Level: High School

Overview

High School
9th to 12th grade

Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy, Dublin

High school graduation is one of life’s great milestones, propelling adolescents into adulthood. During these years, schools must prepare students for as many options as possible: college, career and life as productive citizens.

Challenge 2020 Goal

Eighty percent of all groups of ninth-graders will graduate from high school ready for college and career training.

Publication June 201612 pages(16E06)

Challenge to Lead Goals for Education: Refreshed 2020

The Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education: Refreshed 2020 offers six critical goals. They were designed to help SREB state leaders connect measures of student achievement to essential state policies. Each goal includes background information and the steps states need to take to meet each goal in the years ahead.

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Strategies That Work
Debbie Blankenship

FALs Yield High Dividends

Dr. Jeanne Glover, math specialist at the Jonesboro Public Schools district in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was trained in the Mathematics Design Collaborative during the 2013-14 school year with SREB math consultant Amanda Merritt. Glover believes the MDC tools fit well with her K-12 mathematics vision for the district.

So Debbie Blankenship, math teacher at Douglas MacArthur Junior High School, joined two other district teachers for initial MDC training in May 2014.

Publication February 20161 page(16V05)

Math Ready
Ready for College

SREB’s Math Ready course for the senior year of high school is designed to prepare students who aren’t yet ready for college math. This flier presents a quick overview of the eight units in the course.

 

 

Publication October 201316 pages(13E13)

Get It in Writing
Making Adolescent Writing an Immediate Priority in Texas

This report is a call to action for Texas middle grades and high schools to make writing instruction a priority. Writing is not only a critical skill for employees and citizens; it is also an essential tool for learning academic content in any discipline. Get It in Writing summarizes the status of writing instruction and learning, outlines challenges to progress and lists valuable resources to help with the task, including “Elements of Effective Adolescent Writing Instruction.”

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Publication 200930 pages(09E01)

A Critical Mission: Making Adolescent Reading an Immediate Priority in SREB States

Nationwide, students in the middle grades and high school are failing to develop the reading and writing skills they need in order to meet higher academic standards. This major new SREB report on adolescent literacy discusses the urgency of the problem in depth and presents specific solutions for SREB states based on the recommendations of the SREB Committee to Improve Reading and Writing in Middle and High Schools, chaired by Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, the SREB Board chair. The report includes a message from SREB President Dave Spence and status reports on recent state actions on the issue.

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Publication February 20149 pages14S01

Focus on Compulsory Attendance Policies
About Age or Intervention?

Over the past decade, SREB state policy-makers have focused on actions to reduce dropout rates and increase high school graduation rates. Some policymakers have suggested that raising their state’s compulsory attendance age (often called the dropout age) to require students to stay in school until age 17 or 18 is an important step.

Publication January 201563 pages

Cross-State Findings
State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards

SREB examined the efforts of 14 states to support implementation of new standards. The goal: Document steps states have taken, highlight exemplary efforts,  provide feedback to states and foster cross-state dialogue to inform continuous improvement. 

What successes, challenges and next steps did interviewees articulate?  What recommendations does SREB draw from the study?

Publication June 201014 pages

Beyond the Rhetoric:
Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy

This brief addresses the state policy dimensions of college readiness. It identifies the key issues and problems associated with the college readiness gap, which is a major impediment to increasing the numbers of college students who complete certificates or degrees. This policy brief also provides governors, legislators, and state education leaders with specific steps they need to take to close the readiness gaps in their states. These findings and recommendations were prepared by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

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Publication 201226 pages(12E05)

SREB Goals for Education
Challenge to Lead 2020

Organized to address every major point in the education pipeline, the six goals are designed to help state leaders link outcomes to state policies that can make them happen. Each goal is outlined in detail, including  steps states need to take to meet that goal in the years ahead.

Publication August 20128 pages(12E12w)

Reaching Higher Ground
SREB States Outpace U.S. Growth in High School Graduation Rates

The 2002 Challenge to Lead Goals for Education called for SREB states to raise the percentages of all groups of students graduating from high school to above the national average, as part of the region’s mission “to lead the nation in educational progress.” Detailed in this SREB Policy on Point report, the gains made by the region as a whole and by individual states since that time have been remarkable. Almost every SREB state increased its high school graduation rate from 1999 to 2009, and more than half outpaced the nation’s gains.

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Publication May 201212 pages(12E02R)

Smart Class-Size Policies for Lean Times

This policy brief summarizes class-size reduction policies across the region, reviews research on the issue, and offers recommendations on how states might make sensible adjustments without jeopardizing student achievement.

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Publication June 20114 page(11E05)

Transitioning to the New High School Graduation Rate

For nearly a decade, states have had flexibility in collecting and reporting graduation rate data for state and federal accountability purposes. But in 2008, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidelines that require all states to report a new rate – the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate – beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.