ERIC Number: ED314864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Model for Choice: A Report on Manhattan's District 4. Education Policy Paper Number 1.
Domanico, Raymond J.
This paper describes the organization and accomplishments of schools in New York City's East Harlem School Distirct, referred to locally as Community School District 4. Schools in this district use choice as the conceptual framework for the organization of public education. Once students and parents have been informed of the choices open to them, each student follows a formal admissions process. Curricular offerings in the junior high schools vary according to the organizing theme of the school, for example, health or biomedical studies. The reading achievement level of students is the most widely used indicator of success or failure. In 1982, the district reading achievement level ranked solidly in the middle of all districts compared to 1974 when it had the lowest level of all school districts in New York City. English language acquisition and mathematics achievement scores are also used to measure improvement levels. Placement of students in selective and private high schools is also a powerful indicator of a school districts' success. Designed and established by Community School District 4, the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics is a unique high school that stresses math, science, foreign languages, and technology. The East Harlem educational reforms offer clear lessons for larger efforts in American cities. (SI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst. for Policy Research, New York, NY. Center for Educational Innovation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)