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Highlights of Local Initiatives

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Special Populations in High School Assessments

State Initiatives to Improve High Schools

STEM

Student Accountability

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Virtual High Schools


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Ninth Grade Transitions

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Remediation

Science Lab Costs

State Supports for Low-Performing High Schools

Teacher Professional Development

Teachers and "College Knowledge"


State Notes

Alignment of HS/PS

High School Agenda - Who's Doing What (2008 update)

Math and Science

P-16


Recent Presentations

CO Council on High School/College Relations 2012
(PDF, 1.41MB, 12/12)

PA Commission for Community Colleges 2012 Student Success Forum
(PDF, 537K, 10/12)

2012 NACAC National Conference
( PDF, 10/12)

2012 ECS National Forum on Education Policy
(PDF, 1.5MB, 7/12)

2011 NACEP National Conference
(PDF, 741K, 10/11)

Oklahoma Legislative Task Force on Achieving Classroom Excellence
(PowerPoint, 205K, 10/09)

Joint Meeting of Utah Board of Regents/State Board
(PowerPoint, 209K, 7/09)

State-Level Concurrent Enrollment Policies
(PowerPoint, 491K, 3/09)

New England Board of Higher Education Conference
(PowerPoint, 870K, 1/09)

ECS/Kauffman Regional Meeting for Heartland/ Midwest
(PowerPoint, 355K, 12/08)

Nevada Dropout Prevention Summit
(PowerPoint, 300K, 11/08)

MIND Research Institute Forum
(PowerPoint, 3MB, 10/08)

Alaska Legislators and Educators: Dropout Prevention
(PowerPoint, 792K, 10/08)

Alaska Legislators and Educators: P-16
(PowerPoint, 432K, 10/08)

Kauffman Math and Science Seminar
(PowerPoint, 5.5MB, 5/08)

New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend
(PowerPoint, 108K, 2/08)

Colorado P-20 Council
(PowerPoint 92K, 2/08)

Nevada P-16 Advisory Council
(PowerPoint, 217K, 12/07)

Colorado Dropout Prevention Summit
(PowerPoint, 540K, 12/07)

ECS 2007 Fall Steering Committee Meeting
(PowerPoint, 222K, 11/07)

Oklahoma Senate Education Committee
(PowerPoint, 977K, 10/07)

ECS 2007 National Forum on Education Policy
(PowerPoint, 319K, 7/07)


Related ECS Links

High School Policy Center
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Welcome to the Education Commission of the States' High School Database


Adolescent Literacy

Why this issue matters

  • Reading problems that are not addressed are cumulative, and so are the esteem problems associated with poor reading skills.
  • State efforts to successfully raise K-3 reading skills can flounder in later grades if effective teaching of reading is neglected in the upper elementary and secondary grades.
  • Secondary-level teacher certification programs have traditionally not prepared teachers to teach reading or how to intervene when students are reading below grade level.
  • Middle and high school teachers who have been in the classroom for a number of years might not have received preservice training on teaching reading and/or detecting precise reading-related problems.

Why our methodology matters

  • Primary resources: ECS draws its information primarily from state statute, rules and regulations, recently enacted legislation, executive orders and other primary source documents.
  • As needed, policies (and their interpretation) are confirmed with state-level staff.
  • We believe that policy helps institutionalize practice.
  • Our goal is to document where the underlying authority lies, and where consensus has been strong enough to adopt a common approach.

Related ECS products

Staff contact:
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, senior policy analyst
303.299.3689
jdounay@ecs.org

State Profiles


A report containing all information available in the Adolescent Literacy database for a single state

50-State Reports


 
  1. Adolescent literacy (all data points for all states)

  2. State requires schools to provide interventions for struggling readers

  3. State requires students performing below proficiency on state reading assessments to be targeted for diagnostic reading assessments

  4. State has literacy report card or other means to build momentum for improving adolescent literacy

  5. State has aligned literacy standards with curricula, assessments and professional development activities

  6. State provides supports for local literacy plans

  7. State has strengthened teacher preparation/certification requirements to support adolescent literacy needs

  8. State offers specialized certification/endorsement in adolescent literacy for content area teachers

  9. State offers schoolwide professional development in adolescent literacy instruction

  10. State offers middle/high school teachers a mentoring/induction program with a literacy component

  11. State offers principals incentives to strengthen their leadership in adolescent literacy

  12. State has designated a state office or coordinator for adolescent literacy

  13. State has standards that reflect literacy expectations explicit in grades 4-12

  14. Other efforts/initiatives

 

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Use the diagram below to view the components of state-level high school reform, and their relationship to one another.

Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth (jdounay@ecs.org or 303.299.3689) with any questions on the High School Policy Center, or on high school policy and research.

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