Enhancing High School Reform: Lessons from Site Visits to Four Cities


AYPF conducted site visits to San Diego, California in May 2003; Cleveland, Ohio in December 2003; New York City, New York in January 2004; and Boston, Massachusetts in May 2005 to study high school reform efforts. These visits enabled U.S. Congressional and Department of Education staff and senior staff from national policymaking organizations to see firsthand how certain cities are approaching the difficult issues of improving outcomes for high school-aged youth. Many of the lessons learned from the site visits relate to practice and school-level policies. But these lessons can also help inform a conversation about national and state policies to improve high school students’ outcomes.

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