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ERIC Number: EJ787782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Going for the Gold: Secrets of Successful Schools
Newstead, Barry; Saxton, Amy; Colby, Susan J.
Education Next, v8 n2 p38-45 Spr 2008
Public school leaders throughout the United States are approaching consensus about what it takes to educate all students well: more class time, smaller schools, a college preparatory curriculum, instructional coaching for teachers, and utilization of data to understand student needs. However, despite similar student demographics and budget constraints, a few schools report 50 percent dropout rates. The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit organization that works with other nonprofits and foundations on issues of strategy, philanthropy, and leadership. In their work with public school educators seeking to close the achievement gap for disadvantaged students, they have come to believe that the critical difference between schools that excel and schools that do not is the quality of execution. This article highlights the experiences of three education nonprofits with which Bridgespan has engaged: YES Prep Public Schools, KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), and Envision Schools. All three have school designs that incorporate the widely-agreed-upon elements of successful schools, and all three have achieved sustained results (YES Prep and KIPP for over a decade) on the dimension that matters most: their students' performance. In addition, they have successfully replicated these results in multiple schools. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States