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ERIC Number: ED535872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Replicating High-Performing Public Schools: Lessons from the Field
Wicoff, Kimberly; Howard, Don; Huggett, Jon
Bridgespan Group
The fact that far too many students leave high school unprepared to become contributing members of society is hardly news. What is news is the growing number of schools that are proving public education can work for every student. Unlike a decade ago, when it was hard to find more than a handful of high-performing public schools, today many such schools exist. As a result, the goal posts have shifted. The question is no longer, "Can we create schools that will achieve outstanding results for all their students?" but rather, "How can we replicate schools that we know can work, without sacrificing quality outcomes and within the constraints of the existing funding environment?" In the past few years, Bridgespan has had the privilege of working with a number of school developers who are tackling the challenges of replication. Their experiences provide considerable insight into the hard work of achieving both high-quality educational outcomes and economic sustainability. This set of short papers highlights some practical lessons. "Quality Outcomes and Sustainable Cash Flows" provides an in-depth look at how one school developer, the New Technology Foundation, aligned its academic and financial priorities by identifying the absolute "must-haves" in its educational model. Finding ways to ease the financial burdens of replication is the subject of "Trimming Costs, Not Results." In "The Role of the Center," the authors look at how the developer's central office can best support schools to sustain quality, and hence deliver results, without breaking the bank. Finally, in "The Five Cs of Clustering," the authors look at why some school developers are choosing to cluster schools geographically. The lessons collected here reflect the experience of a number of trail-blazing school developers. The authors hope that others who are in the thick of this work will add to, challenge, and amend them so that together they can build a body of knowledge about what is working, and what is not. (Contains 6 exhibits and 2 footnotes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bridgespan Group