Alumni Perspectives: Exploring the Impact of New Tech High Schools on College and Work Readiness

August 9, 2016

This current study examined the experiences of graduates from New Technology High Schools to understand the impact of the model on their postsecondary experiences. An online survey was completed by 33 alumni and in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 graduates representing a span of 10 years since graduating from different New Tech High Schools. Overall, the graduates consistently articulated key aspects of the New Tech model that supported their learning of 21st century skills. The culture of New Tech schools was characterized as reflecting high expectations, developing caring teacher-student relationships, promoting self-directed learning, and incorporating student voice. Several classroom practices were essential to students’ learning, such as project-based learning, an inquiry focused instructional approach, and ubiquitous technology.


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