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Document Number: 6167

Improving High School: A Strategic Approach - This report examines the representation, experiences and outcomes of three groups of high school students: dropouts; youth in the “general” track who graduate without qualifying for a four-year university; and the “university” track. The author considers the impact of certain state policies on members of these groups, and numerous recommended state actions to improve the outcomes of students in all three groups. The study proposes five key elements of a dropout prevention strategy, state actions to reduce dropout rates, improved vocational education options and career path counseling and information, ways to ensure “university” track students are indeed ready for postsecondary expectations and much more. Among the many specific recommendations: state universities should use state high school assessments as a major factor in admissions and placement decisions. (Paul Warren, California Legislative Analyst’s Office, May 2005)...

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