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ERIC Number: ED539590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
A Snapshot of Philadelphia's Accelerated Schools
Edmunds, Kimberly; Fonseca, Ean
Research for Action
This snapshot is a guide to the School District of Philadelphia's (the District's) 13 accelerated high schools in the 2010-11 school year. The accelerated high schools were the result of a partnership between the District and Project U-Turn, a city-wide coalition dedicated to reducing student drop-out and increasing graduation rates and readiness for college or employment. The authors produced this guide to assist those individuals and agencies, inside and outside the District, who work with youth in danger of not graduating or who are already out of school but want to return, to find a high school program that meets his or her needs. This guide and a year-long study, "Boosting Adolescent and Young Adult Literacy: An Examination of Literacy Teaching and Learning in Philadelphia's Accelerated Schools," were undertaken to complement a focus on literacy adopted by the OMP, and supported by Project-U-Turn. The goal was to infuse strong literacy practices across the content areas through implementation of the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Common Instructional Framework. The hope was that a strong focus on literacy would counteract the low reading levels (nearly 75% of students in accelerated schools were reading at a seventh grade level or below) that served as a barrier to many students meeting the content requirements of high school curriculum programs. The guide, therefore, pays particular attention to the literacy strategies used by each of the schools. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Action
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania