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ERIC Number: EJ894689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
"Breaking Ranks" in Action: Students First
Hartzman, Marlene; Mero, Dianne
Principal Leadership, v10 n9 p12-13 May 2010
At first glance, the 2010 MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools (BTS) appear to have little in common: Five are middle schools, five are high schools, seven are public schools, two are public charters, and one is a private school. On the surface, the only factor that all the schools appear to share is that their student populations have large numbers of economically challenged students. Look beyond those superficial differences, however, and one will find schools that are singularly focused on student outcomes: all 10 schools have experienced dramatic improvements in student achievement over relatively short periods of time. This article discusses how each school's story reveals a significant common factor that can be replicated by any school that is committed to improving student outcomes: an adherence to the guiding principles for school renewal found in "Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform" (BRII) and "Breaking Ranks in the Middle: Strategies for Leading Middle Level Reform" (BRIM). NASSP has long been recognized as the national leader in the secondary school change process, and 2010 finds the organization in its third decade of providing guidance to middle and high school principals throughout the country through the widespread dissemination of the "Breaking Ranks" documents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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