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Sep 2004

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Cover Story

Four years ago, West Clermont, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, had two traditional high schools with a district graduation rate of about 76 percent and problems with student attendance and behavior.

Features

As superintendents and school districts face the challenges of mandated testing and the pressure to improve test scores, there's a danger we may develop a very short-sighted approach to education--an approach that could deprive students of experiences they need to succeed as adults in our global society.

OK, your district has just approved the purchase of new technology that will greatly enhance the classroom-learning environment. Now, the big question is: How do you make sure your teachers are actually going to use the equipment?

Four years ago, West Clermont, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, had two traditional high schools with a district graduation rate of about 76 percent and problems with student attendance and behavior.

One textbook was once good for all students. Many teachers, with no guidelines, just winged their lessons. And administrators knew some students struggled with reading, but couldn't pinpoint if the problem was comprehension or vocabulary.

The statistics are startling. Only about 70 percent of all U.S. students graduate from high school and only 32 percent of them are college-ready. And roughly about 70 percent of all new jobs require at least some degree of post-secondary education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Solutions

"Almost overwhelming." That's how one school principal describes his job. Still, 66 percent of the principals responding to a Public Agenda survey say they would choose the same career if starting out today. Says one, "I know we make a difference."

Briefings

New Teacher Certification Program Angers NEA

In spite of overwhelming agreement about the objective of the No Child Left Behind law to put a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, there is debate about whether the Bush administration's approach will work.

Departments

For 19 years, I've been a journalist, writing on a variety of topics for newspapers and magazines. Education has always been a theme of that coverage, from countless board of education meetings to my time at District Administration.

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