The National High School Center’s evaluation of four programs to improve high schools serving low-income students offers sensible advice: Personalizing instruction by setting up small learning communities and giving students faculty mentors is helpful but not sufficient. Successful high schools both personalize and provide catch-up classes designed to help ninth graders improve their reading and math skills. Longer class periods, standard curricula and teacher collaboration focused on improving instruction — not planning the next field trip — also helps.
Better high schools
November 24, 2006 by