High School Reform

Experts often urge educators to catch struggling students “before it’s too late,” but high schools are charged with educating all students, regardless of their past. The Hechinger Report is spending two years exploring high schools successful with diverse groups or trying innovative approaches. See all our Special Reports

Fort Lauderdale, FL — In the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, protesters attend a Feb. 17, 2018 rally at the Federal Courthouse here to demand government action on firearms.

STUDENT VOICE: ‘The children of America aren’t going to wait any longer for the country’s adults to lead’

A New Jersey high school student explains why he and his classmates are acting against gun violence

Eunice Millán prepares to measure the force of friction in a physics lab at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey, which requires all students to take physics to graduate.

One reason students aren’t prepared for STEM careers? No physics in high school

A shortage of physics teachers limits physics-taking, which limits the number of physics teachers

Coral Springs, FL — The memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 victims were killed in a mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2018.

STUDENT VOICE: Don’t blame autism for the Florida school shooting

Special-needs teen explains why people with disabilities are much more likely to be victims than perpetrators

OPINION: Why Thomas Jefferson would be proud of Florida’s students

Informed citizenship is the reason we created public schools in America

Students sit in an Advanced Placement physics class in a high school in Holmes County, Mississippi.

Mississippi students increase participation rates, improve scores on AP exams

More students than ever before took college-level exams last year, but percentage passing still trails other states


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STUDENT VOICE: ‘I hadn’t realized I was allowed to have thoughts on politics and the world around me’

How an early-college program in Cleveland sharpened one student’s focus

Tiana Young is a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where a racist Facebook post from a student in the alt-right group Turning Point left the African-American community shaken and frustrated by the school's lack of public response.

To attract more blacks and Hispanics to STEM, universities must address racial issues on campus

STEM universities aren’t doing enough to make students feel welcome and close racial gaps, students and experts say