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ERIC Number: EJ759317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
Does Whole-School Reform Boost Student Performance? The Case of New York City
Bifulco, Robert; Duncombe, William; Yinger, John
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v24 n1 p47-72 Win 2005
Thousands of schools around the country have implemented whole-school reform programs to boost student performance. This paper uses quasi-experimental methods to estimate the impact of whole-school reform on students' reading performance in New York City, where various reform programs were adopted in dozens of troubled elementary schools in the mid-1990s. This paper complements studies based on random assignment by examining a broad-based reform effort and explicitly accounting for implementation quality. Two popular reform programs--the School Development Program and Success for All--were not found to significantly increase reading scores but might have been if they had been fully implemented. The More Effective Schools program was found to boost reading scores, but this effect seems to disappear when the program "trainers" leave the school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
IES Cited: ED535810