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

TEACHER VOICE: “I realized that my education had occurred within a racist system that privileged Eurocentric achievements”

National Teacher of the Year’s Boston-area battle to level the playing field

The future of proficiency-based education

Will a focus on mastering skills take off in Maine, or will schools change their terms without changing their teaching?

PODCAST: What happens when students get into college—but can’t afford to attend?

How college financial aid benefits wealthier students

Why Maine’s new high school graduation rules could hurt more than help

Some schools find the requirements too complicated to put in place

How diplomas based on skill acquisition, not credits earned, could change education

By 2021, students graduating from Maine high schools must show they have mastered specific skills to earn a high school diploma. Maine is the first state to pass such a law, though the idea of valuing skills over credits is increasingly popular around the country.

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

Focusing on family buy-in, a Connecticut district shifts to mastery-based learning


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Sub shortage leaves schools scrambling when teachers call in sick

And makeshift solutions hurt vulnerable students the most

High school should be more like preschool

Why secondary education is borrowing ideas from early childhood

OPINION: How teachers bridged two Boston high schools to reap gains for all students

Boston Collegiate Charter, Jeremiah E. Burke focus on instruction