In order to improve college and career readiness, there must be more vertical articulation opportunities between the middle school and high school teachers. School districts should put aside time for these groups to determine which essential skills are needed to be high school ready. High school teachers should be given professional development time to teach middle school students, and middle school teachers should do high school teacher observations. Furthermore, these middle school and high school teachers should be given opportunities to plan with each other in order to build content knowledge and improve instructional practices. Historically, ninth grade year has the highest dropout rate, and schools need to brainstorm ways (support, interventions, and partnerships with local organizations) on how to improve high school retention and graduation.
Idea No. 39