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High School Reform

Results from a rigorous, experimental study indicate North Carolina’s early college high schools are creating more positive school environments for students.

This document presents a general overview of current research and thought on student motivation in classroom and school settings. It is designed as a resource to help teachers and school teams analyze the sources of students’ motivational problems and consider changes that will improve motivation.

This descriptive report aims to stimulate discussion about high school reform among Southeast Region states.

The study surveyed four career academies in Georgia that replicated the model of the Georgia Central Educational Center, which integrates technical instruction and academics at the high school level. The four replication sites adhered to the major tenets of the model. The model’s flexibility helped the new sites meet community needs.

What Happens When You Combine High School and College?
Early colleges are an innovative model of schooling that combines high school and college. A 14-year, rigorous experimental study has been examining whether this model works. The study compares early college students who were accepted through a lottery to students who applied to early colleges but were not accepted through the lottery (the control group). Read the latest findings from this study.