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ERIC Number: ED528942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review of the Report "Transforming the High School Experience: How New York City's New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates"
What Works Clearinghouse
"Transforming the High School Experience: How New York City's New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates" examined whether winning an admissions lottery for a small school of choice improved high school students' progress toward graduation and graduation rates. The study analyzed data on more than 21,000 students in New York City who participated in a ninth-grade admissions lottery for a small school of choice. Eighth-grade students who participated in lotteries during the 2004-05 through 2007-08 school years were followed through the 2008-09 school year, resulting in four years of follow-up data for the cohort in the 2004-05 lottery, three years for the cohort in the 2005-06 lottery, and so on. The study found that students who won an admissions lottery for a small school of choice showed the following statistically significant improvements in graduation prospects, relative to students who lost the same admissions lottery: After the first year of high school, lottery winners were more likely than members of the control group to be on track for graduation: 57.9% compared with 50.5%. After the second and third years of high school, lottery winners averaged 1.4 and 1.3 more credits toward graduation than control group members. Four years after their scheduled entry into ninth grade, 68.1% of lottery winners graduated compared with 63.8% of control group members. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has reservations about these results because carrying out the lotteries using the method described in the report may have resulted in nonrandom differences between the study groups. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [The following study is reviewed in this What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review: "Transforming the High School Experience: How New York City's New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates." To access this report, see ED511106.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers: New York