Meeting Five Critical Challenges of High School Reform: Lessons from Research on Three Reform Models

Publication Date: May 2006

Publisher: MDRC (Organization)

Author(s): Janet Quint

Research Area: Education

Keywords: Education Reform

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This is the first in a series of reports for policymakers, practitioners, and others who must make hard choices about how to change high schools. It discusses three comprehensive initiatives evaluated by MDRC — Career Academies, First Things First, and Talent Development — that have grappled with the challenges of improving low-performing urban and rural schools. Together, these three interventions are being implemented in more than 2,500 high schools across the country, and various components of these models are being used in thousands more schools.