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ERIC Number: ED519366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Identifying and Studying High-Performing Schools. NCEA Issue Brief # 1
Dougherty, Chrys
National Center for Educational Accountability
Researchers and education leaders may seek to identify high-performing schools for at least three purposes. The first is to study how the practices in high-performing schools differ from those in average- or low-performing schools, in the hope that some of these practices will prove useful in improving other schools. The second is to use the higher performing schools' accomplishments to convince educators in other schools that they can do significantly better with "their kinds of kids." The third purpose is to publicly honor and reward high-performing schools to motivate others to emulate the desirable practices in those schools. Researchers may want to investigate how the practices found in high-performing schools vary systematically from those of schools that are average or low performing on the same indicators. Schools that are high performing on Indicator A but not B may also be contrasted with other schools that are high performing on both indicators. The purpose of these studies is to a) identify practices that are worthy of further study, and b) provide educators with specific information on "how high-performing schools do it" that can be helpful in their own improvement efforts. This paper presents ideas for identifying and studying high-performing schools. (Contains 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Accountability