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

OPINION: Seven traits of Massachusetts’ most effective classrooms

The bottom line on student engagement

Don’t ever conflate disaster recovery with education reform

Katrina (and now maybe Harvey and Irma) attracted educational opportunists who looked past children and families

An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM

Diversifying the science and tech pipeline by increasing rigor and convincing colleges to share their secrets with high school students

What happens when a regular high school decides no student is a lost cause?

Trauma-informed education is spreading from alternative high schools to comprehensive ones, and it’s not always an easy fit

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

How ‘work-based learning’ is getting Vermont kids ready for careers before they graduate


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Asking too much of high school graduates but not enough of businesses that employ them

The Chicago mayor’s new preparedness initiative is good, but doesn’t go far enough

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

Why the latest trends in high school reform come from alternative schools aimed at dropouts

VIDEO: The best ideas from last-chance high schools are reforming American education

“If it wasn’t for this school, I would be nowhere.”