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An increasing number of state leaders have begun to grapple with one of the significant challenges of K-12 reform: how to substantially increase the percentage of young people graduating from high school while also continuing to bring academic standards into alignment with the skills and knowledge required for success in higher education and employment. Addressing this challenge requires a new level of attention to the graduation and achievement gaps among different income and racial groups. This report calls upon state policymakers to commit to five key outcomes and suggests strategies and action steps they can take to focus high school reform efforts on ensuring that these commitments are met. By building on and complementing ongoing systemic educational reform efforts, states can improve the educational outcomes of and options for high school-aged students, especially low-income and struggling students. (Contains 14 endnotes and 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, State Action, Outcomes of Education, Educational Change, School Restructuring, Graduation Rate, Educational Objectives, Academic Standards, Academic Achievement, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Dropouts, Low Income Groups

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Author: Steinberg, Adria; Almeida, Cheryl A.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4990&id=ED500541

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