ERIC Number: ED482427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
How Are Boston Pilot School Students Faring? Student Demographics, Engagement, and Performance, 1997-2002.
Feldman, Jay; Tung, Rosann; Ouimette, Monique
This report examines the efficacy of the Boston Pilot Schools, an innovative model of urban schools created to promote innovation and increased choice options within the Boston school district. The report uses school and district level data to examine student demographics, achievement, and engagement at the 11 Pilot Schools that were in operation for over 1 year. Overall, while the Pilot Schools serve a student population generally representative of the Boston Public Schools, their students perform well on all available measures of student engagement and performance and are among the top performing of all Boston Public Schools. This report concludes that with an enrollment roughly mirroring the district's student population, the Pilot Schools have succeeded in creating communities of learning which meet students academic and emotional needs. These schools have low grade retention and high graduation rates and send significantly more students on to postgraduate education. The Pilot Schools succeed because their status, with autonomy from the district over budget, staffing, scheduling, governance, and curriculum, allows them to create unified learning communities. Their smallness allows staff and students to know each other well, and structures such as smaller learning communities and advisories allow relationships among school community members to build over time. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade Repetition, Graduation, School Choice, School Effectiveness, Urban Schools
Center for Collaborative Education, 1135 Tremont Street, Suite 490, Boston, MA 02120.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Boston Foundation, MA.; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Center for Collaborative Education, Boston, MA.