Magazine October 28, 2013, Issue

Rethinking High School

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Our model is half a century old

As waves of reforms and would-be reforms have washed over American public education these past three decades, high schools have mostly stayed dry. Although test scores have risen slightly in the early grades, especially in math, National Assessment results for twelfth-graders have been flat or down a bit. SAT scores are also flat, and ACT averages much the same.

ACT, the organization that administers the college-entrance test of the same name, judges only one-quarter of its test-takers to be fully ready for college-level academics, and the College Board is not much cheerier. In releasing SAT results for the 1.6 million members

To Read the Full Story
Chester E. Finn Jr. — Mr. Finn is the president emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Hope Springs Cautiously

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Features

Politics & Policy

The Nth State

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Messianic Style

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Politics & Policy

The Deepest Truths

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Politics & Policy

Bad Judgment

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Politics & Policy

Before Oprah

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Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Athwart

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Poetry

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Happy Warrior

The Zombie State

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