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Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 11:47:07 -0400
Subject: New Resources Offered by the National High School Center


September 2007 
As the ³Back to School² season gets underway, the National High School
Center would like to share its latest resources on critical high
school-related topics. We wish you the best as you begin another academic
In This Issue
This edition of E-News for Better High Schools highlights publications
featuring dropout prevention, Response to Intervention (RTI), transitions
into high school, and dual enrollment. Additionally, access to the video
presentations, PowerPoint slides, and resources from the National High
School Center¹s Summer Institute are now available free of charge on our Web
&c=51677&admin=0&> .
What¹s New: Tools and Resources
New publications recently released by the National High School Center
State Approaches to More Reliable and Uniform Dropout and Graduation Data
This issue brief outlines the immediate need for more accurate dropout and
graduation data, while providing a snapshot of work currently underway. By
drawing on two prominent methods for calculating graduation rates, the
National Governors Association¹s endorsed longitudinal approach and the
Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR), this brief outlines how data are
needed to track dropout trends and patterns, as well as how to direct
resources and more effective strategies to ensure more students receive a
high school diploma. This brief concludes by offering take-aways for states.
Meeting the Needs of Significantly Struggling Learners in High School: A
Look at Approaches to Tiered Intervention
This report provides an in-depth look at the implementation and structural
issues, as well as the needed support required to successfully institute
Response to Intervention (RTI) at the secondary school level. It defines the
RTI models, explores benefits and challenges faced at the high school level,
shares a snapshot of implementation at the high school level, and outlines
the necessary resources needed to support this work.
Easing the Transition to High School: Research and Best Practices Designed
to Support High School Learning
This toolkit provides four resources (fact sheet, policy brief, issue brief,
and snapshot) produced by the National High School Center on transitions
into high school. 
Dropout Prevention for Students With Disabilities: A Critical Issue for
State Education Agencies
This issue brief provides guidance to states as they respond to requirements
presented in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of
2004 (IDEA 2004) in the area of dropout prevention for students with
disabilities. It also highlights the role of State Performance Plans as
starting points for states to develop data collection and monitoring
procedures, and supplies states with considerations and recommendations for
providing a consistent method of tracking dropout data.
Findings from the Early College High School Initiative: A Look at Best
Practices and Lessons Learned Regarding a Dual Enrollment Program
This research brief on the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI), a
dual enrollment program developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
examines lessons learned and best practices gleaned from the ³Early College
High School Initiative 2003-2005 Evaluation Report.² These findings help
inform those interested in developing or implementing dual enrollment
programs as a strategy to accelerate learning and help bridge transitions
after graduation. 
New Hampshire's Multi-Tiered Approach to Dropout Prevention
Many states and districts across the country struggle with designing and
implementing coherent dropout prevention initiatives that promote academic
advancement, especially for special needs students, who drop out at much
higher rates than the general student population. New Hampshire has been
recognized for its innovative use of data collection and analysis as the key
to unlocking the dropout problem.
National High School Center Hosts Summer Institute
The National High School Center held its first annual Summer Institute,
Advancing High School Success:
inst%2Fdefault.asp> Building Systems of Support, on June 11-13 in
Washington, D.C. The conference brought together leading researchers,
policymakers, practitioners, and experts on high school improvement to
benefit the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) and the states they serve.
The Institute focused on building systems of support for pressing issues in
high school improvement, including dropout prevention, high school literacy,
and successful transitions into high school.

The conference featured many distinguished guest speakers, including Dr.
Jill Martin, principal of Thomas B. Doherty High School in Colorado Springs,
Colorado, and the 2007 National Association of Secondary School
Principals/Met Life National High School Principal of the Year; Dr. Alexa
Posny, the former director of Special Education Programs at the U.S.
Department of Education and current Kansas Commissioner of Education;
president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of
West Virginia Bob Wise; Drs. Robert Balfanz and Nettie Legters of The Johns
Hopkins University; and Dr. John Q. Easton, executive director, Consortium
on Chicago School Research.

The Institute drew participants from 15 of the 16 RCCs and 20 states,
representing varying demographics, school sizes, and system structures, and
offered a venue to share successes and challenges and to develop action
plans for next steps to advance capacity building and to enhance

Videos, PowerPoint slides, and resources from the Institute are available on
the National High School Center Web site.
Upcoming Conferences
The National High School Center wants to keep you informed of upcoming
conferences and events pertinent to your work. The High School Events
estination%3Dhttp%253A%2F%2F>  on our Web site lists national conferences,
workshops, and dialogues sponsored by organizations around the country
focused on high school improvement. If you are sponsoring a high
school-related event, we encourage you to submit the event for posting on
the Calendar through the online form
vent.aspx>  on our Web site.
About Us 
The National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research
(AIR), in collaboration with its partners, strives to provide the most
up-to-date, accessible information on breakthroughs in high school
improvement, vetted best practices, hands on technical assistance to the
Regional Comprehensive Centers, and an easy-to-use navigation of the latest
research on creating and maintaining excellent high schools. The National
High School Center does not endorse any interventions nor does it conduct
field studies. The National High School Center Web site is available at 
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