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ERIC Number: ED411368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun-15
Pages: 28
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An Examination of Specialized Schools as Agents of Educational Change.
Hanford, Seth
One suggestion for educational improvement is the implementation of specialized schools that offer specific training with a focus. New York and a number of other cities have turned to this choice to offer specialized schools of mathematics and technology. The movement is coordinated on a national level by the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (NCMSSST). This paper describes the NCMSSST as an organization, and the considers Stuyvesant High School, New York City, as a case study of this type of school. The NCMSSST consists of 15 schools at present. Stuyvesant, established in 1904 as a manual training school for boys, is a founding member of this group. It grew into a highly regarded academic institution and became coeducational in 1969. Admission is very competitive. Of the 11,000 students who indicated in 1996 that Stuyvesant was the specialized school they would like to attend, only 700 were admitted. About half the students are Asian, with 40% White, and only 10% either African American or Hispanic. However, 15% of each incoming class is admitted on the basis of diversity rather than test scores. Those who are admitted have a proven record of academic success and lifetime achievement, as both curriculum and teacher expectations support high achievement. The school adds much to New York City, offering an option for excellent students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. While there are some disadvantages, as discussed, and the school is open to some charges of privilege, it can serve as a model of excellence in public education and an example to other urban schools. Eight interviews and two Web sites are cited. Contains an annotated bibliography of 40 entries. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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