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Levers for Change: Southeast Region State Initiatives to Improve High Schools


Authors:   Julie Edmunds, Wendy McColskey

This descriptive report aims to stimulate discussion about high school reform among Southeast Region states. The report groups recent state activities in high school reform into six levers for change. To encourage critical reflection, the report places the reform discussion in the context of an evidence-based decisionmaking process and provides sample research on reform activities.

For More Information Contact: Julie Edmunds

Product Specifics

Publisher: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
Number of pages: 64
Price: $0.00


state and district-level policy makers

Key Ideas:

  • States (and districts) have a variety of levers available to help improve high schools.
  • Policymakers should consider the researc and evidence on these strategies before implementing them.
  • The document is structured according to the Eveidence-Based Decisionmaking Cycle, a process policymakers and practioners can use when making decisions.

Ways to use:

  • To consider a state's current high school improvement efforts in the light of what other states are doing and the research.
  • As a model for a decision-making process that states can use.
  • As a source for research and reseources on the strategies examined.


For additional resources, visit our High School Reform section.

APA Citation:

Edmunds, J.A., & McColskey, W. (2007). Levers for change: Southeast Region state initiatives to improve high schools. (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2007, No. 024). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast.

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