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Improving Low Performing High Schools: Searching for Evidence of Promise

April 2009

Steve Fleischman , Jessica Heppen


The authors of this article look across the country to evaluate how high schools are working to be improved and how the success of these models is being measured. They find that there are some models that show promise, but that there is no solution to fix every problem and that researchers and policy makers should work to together to review what is working how to implement these models.

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Policy Implications

The authors suggest decision makers should work more closely with researches to set better standards for schools and study the reforms done to schools so that their outcome can be properly evaluated. The authors also take time to explain why Charter schools present a lot more problems than solutions. This is a complex issue but it is important our policy makers stay informed on what is working and what isn’t.

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