This book begins by focusing on where American high schools are now — based on a picture of a real, “high-performing” school. Authors share their perspectives on how high schools are lagging in preparing students for life after school.
In subsequent chapters, Marsh, Codding, and Associates paint a powerful picture of what high schools could be like. They discuss examples of reform efforts that look at classrooms, students, and outcomes in new ways.
The authors offer these proposed changes to American high schools:
- Student performance assessments that capture conceptual understanding, problem solving, and communication
- Curriculum based on student outcomes, constructivist knowledge, and school-to-career applications
- Learning activities that challenge students to think, solve problems, and collaborate
- School cultures based on enhanced learning, meaningful staff-student interactions, and ongoing professional development
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