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ALL OVER THE MAP: New Report Canvases High School Education Policy Across the 50 States

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The HS Alliance works to "mobilize the resources, knowledge, and capacity of individuals and organizations to work collectively in shaping policy, practice, and public engagement that foster high achievement, close the achievement gap, and promote civic and personal growth among all youth in our high schools and communities."

A new high school report provides a preliminary overview of high school education policy at the state level in each of the 50 states. The report highlights trends, assumptions and tensions in state policy and “establishes a baseline from which to build a better understanding of the state context for high schools.”

The National Alliance on the American High School report, All over the Map: State Policies to Improve the High School, which the Alliance for Excellent Education helped sponsor, emphasizes the need to treat high school education not merely as the concluding point of the K-12 system but as qualitatively distinct and requiring its own policies. The report’s recommendations include increasing financial assistance to needy and innovative high schools, connecting high school education to communities and careers, and providing extra help to ensure students can meet increased standards.

The National Alliance on the American High School (HS Alliance) is a loose collaborative effort of 38 organizations committed to improving academic and developmental outcomes for high-school-age youth. The HS Alliance works to “mobilize the resources, knowledge, and capacity of individuals and organizations to work collectively in shaping policy, practice, and public engagement that foster high achievement, close the achievement gap, and promote civic and personal growth among all youth in our high schools and communities.” The Alliance for Excellent Education is a proud member of the National Alliance on the American High School.

Read the complete paper: All Over the Map.

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