Are California’s High Schools Succeeding?
December 1, 2005
High drop out rates, low test scores, overcrowded classrooms and
young people ill-prepared for college and/or work are just some of
the concerns being voiced about the state of California’s public high
schools. Policy makers and school officials are grappling with reform
through initiatives such as the exit exam, increasing access to AP
courses, and the creation of “small learning communities” designed
to provide a more personal learning experience. Many California
schools have adopted approaches that are geared towards work
force preparation in careers such as health care, criminal justice,
business and science. Is your school doing a good job at preparing
its students for life beyond high school? Have any of the reform
efforts mentioned above been implemented at your school? If so,
how successful have those efforts been?