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ERIC Number: ED544385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Strategic Designs: Lessons from Leading Edge Small Urban High Schools. Executive Summary
Shields, Regis Anne; Miles, Karen Hawley
Education Resource Strategies
Education Resource Strategies (ERS) works with school and district leaders to help them more strategically use resources--people, time, and money--to improve student performance. They have found that many school districts begin creating small high schools without a clear sense of how much they will spend or how to ensure that small schools organize in ways that will promote high performance. To begin to address these challenges, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported ERS in a three-year effort aimed at building understanding and tools to support districts in creating cost-effective systems of high-performing urban high schools. This report summarizes ERS' four main findings from detailed case studies of nine small urban high schools. They have dubbed these nine schools "Leading Edge Schools" because they stand apart from other high schools across the country in designing new ways to "do school" while outperforming most high schools in their local districts. This report explores how the Leading Edge Schools organize their resources--people, time, and money--including how they take advantage of their smallness to improve student performance. The report also looks at how much each of these schools spends to achieve their organizational designs and how the local context--funding levels, administrative policies, and union contracts--affects resource decisions. Although these schools spend varying amounts per pupil and organize resources in unique ways, they share a set of practices that distinguishes them from typical large urban high schools. (Contains 2 figures.) [For the full report, see ED544382.]
Education Resource Strategies. 480 Pleasant Street Suite C-200, Watertown, MA 02472. Tel: 617-607-8000; Fax: 617-600-6613; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Resource Strategies
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System