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.

social-emotional development

Study: Boosting soft skills is better than raising test scores

Chicago analysis finds schools that foster social-emotional development get better results for students

STUDENT VOICES: Ready to drop out of school, until restorative justice offered a path back in

Trading the 'wrong crowd' for 'that regular high-school experience'

STUDENT VOICES: Transfer schools offer a second chance to graduate high school

Guidance and internships put youth on the path to graduation


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“Canyon Dreams”

How one Navajo Nation high school is trying to help students see a future that includes college

In a new book on "rez ball," columnist Michael Powell explores the lives of Navajo high schoolers on and off the court

black male students

Some evidence for the importance of teaching black culture to black students

A separate class for black boys led to improvements in dropout rates, study finds

social-emotional learning curricula

A school district wades through a deluge of social-emotional curricula to find one that works

Concern about the quality of social-emotional programs is rising — but one Virginia school sees academic success by focusing on students’ emotional wellbeing