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Document Number: 5956

Redesigning High Schools to Prepare Students for the Future - This policy brief relates the recent dismal high school graduation rates and indicators of college preparedness, and points to three issues – lack of universal access to rigorous high school curricula, non-enrollment in advanced-level classes and need for remedial coursework in college – that indicate problems with the current structure of the comprehensive high school. The authors propose seven modifications to the traditional high school structure – from competency-based promotion to middle-college high schools – to remedy these shortcomings, and examine what Indiana is doing to improve students’ preparedness for post-high school work and study. Conclusions and recommendations for action also are provided. (Jonathan A. Plucker, Jason S. Zapf and Terry E. Spradlin, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Winter 2004)...

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