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Raising the Grade. How High School Reform Can Save Our Youth and Our Nation

  • ID: 2211191
  • Book
  • June 2008
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
"In Raising the Grade, Governor Bob Wise zeroes in on the weakest link in U.S. public education, namely our high schools. As an esteemed education governor and now as CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Wise isn′t content to enumerate the flaws in secondary education. He also portrays real–world high schools that work and articulates an action agenda for everyone in a position to make a difference, from educators in the classroom to policymakers in the nation′s capitol. As a recipe for thoughtful high school reform, Raising the Grade rates an A in my book."

Hugh Price, Senior Fellow Economic Studies, Brookings Institution

"Our country is facing a dropout crisis. Each year over a million students do not graduate with their peers. This crisis has an effect on our communities in terms of lost income and increased costs for social programs. We do not have the luxury of ignoring this crisis if we expect our students to compete effectively in the global economy. Governor Wise has been a critical leader on identifying the problem and solutions to the dropout crisis and his insightful analysis should be a must–read for all who care about the future of our nation."
Robert "Bobby" Scott, U.S. Congressman (D–VA)

"In Raising the Grade, Governor Wise uses his extensive experience in education to make a compelling case for the transformation of America′s high schools. The prosperity of every state and our nation demands a response to the issues that are so candidly described in this book. In it, the governor lays out an invaluable plan for federal action that should be required reading for every elected officeholder across the country."
James B. Hunt, Jr., chairman, Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, and former governor of North Carolina

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1. America′s High Schools: Ignoring Decades of Warnings.

2. The High Cost of High School Neglect.

3. Demography as Destiny: Race and Class Inequities.

4. Dropout Factories: Behind the Graduation Rate Charade.

5. Strengthening Adolescent Literacy: A National Priority.

6. Creating Quality High Schools: What Works?

7. Investing in High Schools: A New Federal Role.

8. Achieving the Vision.


A. In Need of Improvement: NCLB and High Schools.

B. Hidden Benefi ts: The Impact of High School Graduation on Household Wealth.

C. The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools.

D. Paying Double: Inadequate High Schools and Community College Remediation.

E. Saving Futures, Saving Dollars: The Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings.

F. Elements of a Successful High School: Advocacy Action Matrix.



The Author.


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Raising the Grade is highly recommended for community library education collections. (
The MidWest Book Review, June 2008)

A former governor of West Virginia, now the p[resident of the Alliance for Education, lays out his plan for revitalizing secondary schooling. (Education Week, 05/21/08)

Bob Wise book urges reforms in high schools Wise hopes that the book serves to remind people of the importance of every community high school. (The Charleston Gazette, 05/02/08)

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