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.

Wynnter Fay Millsaps

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

Fewer teenage mothers, but they still present a dropout puzzle

Only half complete high school, report finds

Domonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School.

Held back, but not helped

Louisiana reverses course on its strict policy to hold back students who fail standardized tests. Instead, it will add supports to help them pass.

Modern apprenticeships offer path to career — and college

No longer an either-or proposition: Students plan apprenticeships then college on the way to the workforce.

Ian Bickford

OPINION: The college prep that’s worse than neutral? High school

How 'early college' reimagines the path to higher ed

Peter O'Halloran checks supplies at his job. O'Halloran works full-time at a nonprofit in Philadelphia.

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

Many former special education students struggle to find good-paying jobs, and high schools are partly to blame


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STUDENT VOICE: My life in high school in one word? Struggle

‘It’s the challenges that push you’

Julie and Matthew high-five during a home-school lesson.

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

For students with disabilities, completing high school does not always lead to greater opportunity.