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The New American High School

Edited by:
  • David D. Marsh - Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
  • Judy B. Codding - National Center on Education and Economy, Washington, D.C.

November 1998 | 240 pages | Corwin

"A credible plan for transforming secondary education by educators already involved in pioneering the change."
Ron Brandt
Writer and Consultant, Former Executive Editor, ASCD

"Finally, a clear and practical approach for implementing genuine school improvement based on high standards. Marsh and Codding have gone beyond the rhetoric of many high school reform leaders and have addressed the needs of parents and practitioners alike. Their "collection of essays" represents a powerful and pragmatic blueprint for a new American high school. Bravo."
Robert A. Mackin, Finalist, National Principal of the Year, NASSP, and Principal Souhegan High School Amherst, New Hampshire

 This book begins by focusing on where American high schools are now — based on a picture of a real, "high-performing" school. Authors share their perspectives on how high schools are lagging in preparing students for life after school.

In subsequent chapters, Marsh, Codding, and Associates paint a powerful picture of what high schools could be like. They discuss examples of reform efforts that look at classrooms, students, and outcomes in new ways.

The authors offer these proposed changes to American high schools:

  1. Student performance assessments that capture conceptual understanding, problem solving, and communication
  2. Curriculum based on student outcomes, constructivist knowledge, and school-to-career applications
  3. Learning activities that challenge students to think, solve problems, and collaborate
  4. School cultures based on enhanced learning, meaningful staff-student interactions, and ongoing professional development

If you're interested in new directions for your high school — and you want to know how to get there you need to read this guide.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I: Where We Are and Where We Ought to Be
Judy B. Codding and Robert Rothman
1. Just Passing Through: The Life of an American High School
Marc S. Tucker
2. How Did We Get Here, and Where Should We Be Going?
 
Part II: The New American High School: A Standards-Driven Experience
Robert Rothman
3. Standards and Assessment: The Foundation of High Student Achievement
David D. Marsh and Philip Daro
4. Rethinking Curriculum and Instruction in the New American High School
Sally Hampton
5. Standards-Based Classrooms in High Schools: An Illustration
Jacqueline Kraemer, John Porter, and Marc S. Tucker
6. Beyond the CIM: Pathways to the Future
 
Part III: The New American High School: A Standards-Driven System
Judy B. Codding and Marc S. Tucker
7. A New High School Design Focused on Student Performance
David D. Marsh and Michael Strembitsky
8. District Redesign: Direction, Support, and Accountability for Standards-Based High Schools
David D. Marsh
9. Some Tough Choices Ahead
Marc S. Tucker and Judy B. Codding
Epilogue: Anne's World--circa 2005
 
References
 
Selected Bibliography
 
Index
Lauren B. Resnick
Foreword

"A credible plan for transforming secondary education by educators already involved in pioneering the change." 

Ron Brandt
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

"Finally, a clear and practical approach for implementing genuine school improvement based on high standards. Marsh and Codding have gone beyond the rhetoric of many high school reform leaders and have addressed the needs of parents and practitioners alike. Their "collection of essays" represents a powerful and pragmatic blueprint for a new American high school. Bravo." 

Robert A. Mackin, Finalist, National Principal of the Year, NASSP, and Principal
Souhegan High School, Amherst, New Hampshire

"David Marsh and Judy Codding do not simply challenge us to move beyond the status quo, but they provide practical how-to information and tools to motivate us to implement truly powerful school reform." 

Howard Lappin, California Principal of the Year, and Principal
Foshay Learning Center, Los Angeles Unified School District, California

 "This book is like a primer for those involved in high school reform. It combines theory and practice from the classroom to the boardroom. It is an important resource for those working in American high schools."

Sherry P. King, Superintendent
Mamaroneck School District, New York

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