Apr 20 Published on April 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

Looking for new high school-related resources?  Here are some pieces that the National High School Center and other organizations have recently released:*

College and Career Development Organizer (National High School Center, April 2012). The College and Career Development Organizer was created to synthesize and organize the field of college and career readiness initiatives. The organizer can be used to map the efforts of state educational agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) as well as the many organizations researching and providing support for college and career readiness. The organizer can also be used as a set of building blocks to help users develop college and career readiness strategies and initiatives to address student needs.

College and Career Development Organizer [Brief] (National High School Center, April 2012). In this brief, the National High School Center provides an overview of the College and Career Development Organizer. First, the brief describes the organizer and its intended use, providing specific examples of what it is and is not designed to do. Then, it walks potential users through the organizer to familiarize them with its content. Finally, the brief concludes with key considerations for those engaged in college and career readiness work.

Pathways and Supports for College and Career Preparation: What Policies, Programs, and Structures Will Help High School Graduates Meet Expectations? (National High School Center, April 2012). This brief, the third in the College and Career Development Organizer series, summarizes the pathways and supports of college and career preparation that have been collected and organizes this information into three key threads:  1) Personalized Learning Supports; 2) Rigorous Programs of Study; 3) Aligned Resources, Structures, and Supports.  Along with a brief description of each thread, key components are highlighted and examples of each type of pathway and support are provided. The brief concludes with key factors that schools, districts, and states may want to consider as they begin to build, analyze, and address pathways and supports specific to college and career readiness in their contexts.

Outcomes and Measures for College and Career Success: How Do We Know When High School Graduates Meet Expectations? (National High School Center, April 2012). This brief, the fourth in the College and Career Development Organizer series, summarizes the outcomes and measures of college and career success that have been collected and organizes this information into three key threads: 1) On-track indicators; 2) Attainment and authentication; 3) Accountability and improvement feedback. Along with a brief description of each thread, key components are highlighted and examples of each type of outcome and measure are provided. The brief concludes with key factors that schools, districts, and states may want to consider as they begin to build, analyze, and address measures and outcomes specific to college and career readiness in their contexts.

College and Career Readiness Action Planning Template (National High School Center, April 2012). The College and Career Readiness Action Planning Template includes ten overarching questions designed to help states discuss key areas of college and career readiness. Each question has a series of more detailed subquestions that can be used to further examine each college and career readiness topic area.

Defining College and Career Readiness: A Resource Guide (National High School Center, April 2012). This resource guide synthesizes information collected through a review of more than 70 organizations focused on college and career readiness. The guide includes:

  • A snapshot of how various organizations are framing their college and career readiness discussion in terms of outcomes, where those outcomes overlap, and prevalence of those outcomes.
  • A compilation of definitions from organizations that have developed explicit language around what college and career readiness means for their work.
  • A selection of college and career frameworks as examples of how college and career readiness can be approached.

Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 (National Center for Education Statistics, April 2, 2012). This report presents selected findings from a congressionally mandated study on arts education in public K–12 schools. The data were collected through seven Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) surveys during the 2009-10 school year. This report provides national data about arts education for public elementary and secondary schools, elementary classroom teachers, and elementary and secondary music and visual arts specialists.

Effects of the Kentucky Virtual Schools’ Hybrid Program for Algebra I on Grade 9 Student Math Achievement (Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia, April 4, 2012). As reported in the study, Effects of the Kentucky Virtual Schools hybrid program for algebra I on grade 9 student math achievement, researchers found that the hybrid class format was no more effective at increasing student achievement and future coursetaking in math than algebra offered in the traditional face-to-face format.

New Tables of Cross-National Comparisons of Instructional Time (National Center for Education Statistics, April 9, 2012). Seven new tables of cross-national comparisons of instructional time have been added to the NCES International Data Table Library, including tables that show average in- and out- of school instructional time for 15-year-olds in language, mathematics, science, and other subjects.

*Resource descriptions provided by the sponsoring organization.

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