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Too many students graduate high school with low skill and achievement levels. They may have passed their courses, but the courses were so unchallenging their degree is nearly meaningless and does not prepare them for a career or postsecondary education. We must find ways to challenge all students at high levels, and hold students, teachers and administrators accountable for achievement.
Research shows that students perform better when more is expected of them. Even students most at- risk for school failure perform better when expectations for their achievement are high.
A New Core Curriculum for All: Aiming High for Other People's Children
Shows how important it is for all students to take high-level academic courses in high school if they are to succeed in college or the workplace.
Factors Affecting Mathematics Achievement for Students in Rural Schools
Finds that low expectations are partially responsible for a decline in math performance among rural students between the 8th and 12th grades.
Schools and districts nationwide are already working to raise standards and expectations, measure results and ensure accountability.
High Schools That Work
The Southern Regional Education Board's High Schools That Work program features high expectations for all students, college-prep curriculum, a challenging program of study with an upgraded academic core and a major, integration of academic and vocational curriculum, and a focus on getting students actively engaged in learning.
Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education
Gateway offers a rigorous academic program combined with supports and enrichments for minority and low-income students in New York City.