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

Kenyatta Burn works with her tutor at the Durham Literacy Center on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Durham, N.C.

Special education’s hidden racial gap

Across the country, black and Latino children with special needs are far less likely to graduate than their white peers

Nsai Temko pictured in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill.

STUDENT VOICE: How a public library saved me from the depressing isolation of cyber school

Finding the teen spaces that make the difference

Megan Gross

TEACHER VOICE: Larry had Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s — and he taught me the most important lesson of my life

Including developmentally disabled students in the classroom and beyond

A special education student at South Hills High School takes an online quiz about RNA. The district’s reforms to special education have included making sure students use the same textbooks as their general education peers.

How one district solved its special education dropout problem

Efforts to remove the stigma for students with disabilities have paid off

Meadowbrook High School students entering the school’s Colt College center, where they can take tuition-free college courses without leaving the campus.

Rural schools join forces to make college the rule rather than the exception

Cooperation among sparsely populated districts in Ohio fuels a successful push for college in a place where manufacturing jobs have disappeared

Pittsburgh teens in front of the Chinese Art Museum.

STUDENT VOICE: How a trip with other Pittsburgh students taught me that Chinese and American aren’t two separate concepts

Learning, in Shanghai, that it’s not necessary to choose one culture over the other

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Mark Nelson poses for a photo at Citrus College in Glendora, California.

Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students are ‘hurting their future’

Being challenged yet supported in class proves elusive for many students with disabilities

Adam Salomon at his high school graduation. Salomon’s mother, Karen, says he was not prepared for life after high school.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

How better soft skills might boost low college persistence and employment rates

Washington, D.C. – West Front Plaza and façade of the U.S. Supreme court building.

OPINION: How one Colorado boy with autism schooled the Supreme Court on public education for the disabled

What’s changed since the landmark Endrew ruling, and what hasn’t

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