Two interesting new Education Trust reports on high schools. Gaining Traction Gaining Ground (pdf) compares four high-performing high schools to three average ones and examines what makes the difference. Power to Change (pdf) is three case studies of strong high schools in NY, MA, and WA that are doing well for all types of students. Both reports seem to not-too-gently imply that more can be done now…that’s heresy! Debunkers to battle stations!