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ERIC Number: ED535501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Linking Research and Practice in New York: A New York City Small Schools of Choice Case Study
Hughes, Robert; Silver, David; Thompson, Saskia; Unterman, Rebecca
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Over the last decade, New York City (NYC) has been the site of a systemwide high school reform effort that is unprecedented in its scope and pace. Since 2002, the school district has closed more than 20 failing high schools, opened more than 200 new secondary schools, and implemented a centralized high school admission process in which approximately 80,000 students a year indicate their school preferences from a wide-ranging choice of programs. At the heart of these reforms lie the new schools that are often referred to as "small schools of choice" (SSCs)--small, academically nonselective, public high schools that were opened between 2002 and 2008. Serving approximately 100 students per grade in grades 9 through 12 and open to students at all levels of academic achievement, the SSCs were created to serve the district's most disadvantaged and historically underserved students. By taking advantage of a naturally-occurring lotteries in the NYC Department of Education's high school application process, MDRC researchers are able to estimate the effects of enrolling in SSCs on students' future academic outcomes using a sample of over 20,000 students. In this proposed panel, Rebecca Unterman, an author on MDRC's small schools of choice studies, will share the project's most recent findings and discuss the team's experiences working to bridge the gap between policy and practice in New York. The other panelists, experienced policymakers in NYC, will provide their perspective on the effects of the study (and other research) on their practice. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: New York