Transforming the American High School

Michael Cohen
January 1, 2001

Transforming the American High School identifies key systemic policy issues, large-scale change strategies and overall state and local policy directions neccesary to respond to this emerging crisis in high schools- on a large scale and in the fastest possible time frame. While it is important to transform high schools in virtually all communities, the focus here is on the large cities, with the largest concentrations of poverty, the most ethnically and linguistically diverse students and many large, impersonal high schools with high drop-out rates and low achievement. Building on a firm foundation of standards-based reform, this paper proposes a combination of incremental and more radical change strategies.