ERIC Number: ED499748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Why Some Schools with Latino Children Beat the Odds...and Others Don't
Waits, Mary Jo; Campbell, Heather E.; Gau, Rebecca; Jacobs, Ellen; Rex, Tom; Hess, Robert K.
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University
Throughout Arizona and the Southwest, the odds are against high achievement in schools with a mostly Latino, mostly poor student enrollment. Some schools, however, "beat the odds" and achieve consistently high results or show steady gains. Why do these schools succeed where others fail? Using the methodology of business guru Jim Collins from his book "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't," the authors of this report found 12 elementary and middle schools in Arizona--schools whose students are mostly Latino and mostly poor--that are "beating the odds" on reading and math scores. The authors compared them with similar schools that are performing poorly. The comparisons yielded many insights that are contrary to conventional wisdom. One key result is the unearthing of six elements of success that can translate into broader messages for education policy and strategy. The report recommends the creation of leadership programs for principals and teachers and calls for the creation of a dissemination mechanism to bring "best practices" into every school in Arizona. (Contains 10 notes.) [The Center for the Future of Arizona also produced this publication. This study was funded by the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation; City of Phoenix; Valley of the Sun United Way; Arizona Community Foundation; Honeywell; and Arizona State University.]
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, High Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Enrollment, Hispanic American Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Achievement Gains, Reading Achievement, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Minority Groups, Spanish Speaking, English (Second Language), Immigrants, Classroom Environment, Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Culturally Relevant Education, Cooperative Planning, Program Implementation, Middle School Students, Elementary School Students, Educational Environment, Student Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation, Principals
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; United States
IES Cited: ED497258; ED554442