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ERIC Number: ED522199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Beating the Odds: How Thirteen NYC Schools Bring Low-Performing Ninth-Graders to Timely Graduation and College Enrollment
Ascher, Carol; Maguire, Cindy
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (NJ1)
Across the nation, urban school districts struggle to raise often abysmally low high school graduation rates. New York City, with a four-year graduation rate of 57 percent, is no exception. Yet, some high schools in New York, as elsewhere, succeed beyond expectations in bringing students with low academic skills and high needs to graduation in four years, followed by enrollment in college. This report describes a follow-up qualitative study, conducted in 2006 by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, of a small group of New York City high schools that, according to 2001 data, were "beating the odds" in preparing low-performing ninth-grade students for timely high school graduation and college going. The thirteen schools included two long-established technical-vocational schools, nine small high schools created between 1993 and 1998, and two high schools created in the reconstitution of large, failing high schools. The study was inspired by students in the Urban Youth Collaborative, a citywide high school organizing group that works to improve college-going rates in their schools and communities. Institute staff designed interviews with administrators, counselors, and other relevant staff to understand how the thirteen high schools identified in the earlier study were able to beat the odds, and to suggest ways that the success of these schools could be maintained and scaled up. Appended are: (1) BTO School Data; and (2) Rubric: Achieving College-Preparation Success for Low-Performing Students. (Contains 4 figures and 5 footnotes.) [For related reports, see "Beating the Odds: How Thirteen NYC Schools Bring Low-Performing Ninth-Graders to Timely Graduation and College Enrollment. Executive Summary" (ED522198) and "Putting Kids on the Pathway to College: How Is Your School Doing? The College Pathways Tools" (ED522170).]
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University Box 1985, Providence, RI 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail: AISR_Info@brown.edu; Web site: http://www.annenberginstitute.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
Identifiers - Location: New York
IES Cited: ED558161; ED554442