Document Number: 6760Enhancing High School Reform: Lessons from Site Visits to Four Cities - This report identifies essential elements of successful high schools, based on visits to nearly 20 schools and youth programs in San Diego, Cleveland, New York City and Boston, examples of how these elements were implemented at various school sites, and the implications for policy. The study also provides profiles of four successful high schools that may serve as models for others, and points out the issues in high school reform policymakers and reformers have yet to address. The essential elements: (1) High expectations by school leaders for students and teachers, matched with accountability standards and ongoing assessment; (2) An emphasis on small and personalized learning communities; (3) Sustained professional development for teachers and principals; (4) Close school-community links; (5) Flexibility over hiring, budgets, curriculum and scheduling, and the freedom to modify strategies based on student learning and needs. (Betsy Brand, American Youth Policy Forum, November 2005)...
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