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Conley, David T.; McGaughy, Charis L.; Kirtner, Jody; van der Valk, Adrienne; Martinez-Wenzl, Mary Theresa – Online Submission, 2010
Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) researchers visited 38 public high schools around the United States in 2007 and 2008 with the goal of validating and operationalizing a definition of college readiness. Schools in the sample were selected because they were demonstrating success at enabling more students from underrepresented groups to…
Descriptors: High Schools, Public Schools, College Preparation, School Readiness
Wallach, Catherine A. – Online Submission, 2009
School reformers hope that converting comprehensive high schools into collections of small schools will produce results similar to those realized in freestanding small schools. This comparative case study revisits two "conversions" as they complete the grant funding that supported the reform, in order to explore the extent to which…
Descriptors: Small Schools, High Schools, School Organization, Case Studies
Reigle, Rosemary R. – Online Submission, 2007
The purpose of the research was to determine whether a direct relationship existed between funding models for ELL student learning resources in Western Washington and ELL student achievement in Reading as measured by the WASL. The literature review utilized information from Washington State's educational system as well as legal documents and…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Reading Achievement, Elementary Education, Secondary Education
Wallach, Catherine A.; Ramsey, Brinton S.; Lowry, Louise K.; Copland, Michael – Online Submission, 2006
This report is based on a three-year study of seven small high schools in Washington State. We use "the new 3 Rs" of rigor, relevance, and relationships as a framework to examine student perspectives on what happens in their small schools and classrooms. In addition, we have added a fourth principle, student voice, which refers to…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Student Participation, Educational Experience, Relevance (Education)
Wallach, Catherine A.; Lear, Richard – Online Submission, 2005
This report takes a global look at the structural changes taking place in the 72 small schools that were created from 17 comprehensive high schools in Washington State. It also discusses the challenges conversion schools face when they operate with a foot in two worlds -- trying to realize the benefits of small while, in many ways, still operating…
Descriptors: Small Schools, High Schools, Research Reports, Organizational Change
Wallach, Catherine A.; Lambert, Mary Beth; Copland, Michael; Lowry, Louise K. – Online Submission, 2005
The creation of multiple small schools from a single comprehensive high school elevates the necessity for many, rather than few, to assume leadership for various functions associated with helping each school to thrive. The nature of this effort calls for a view of leadership that moves away from reliance on administrative hierarchies and toward a…
Descriptors: High Schools, Teacher Leadership, Small Schools, Educational Administration
Lambert, Mary Beth; Lowry, Louise K. – Online Submission, 2004
This report includes observations from the first year of a three-year study of seven small high schools in Washington State. It discusses the results schools are beginning to see from knowing students and their learning needs more deeply. Progress to date includes teachers recognizing the need for personalization, designing structures to support…
Descriptors: Observation, Small Schools, High Schools, Individualized Instruction
Gallucci, Chrysan; Wallach, Catherine A. – Online Submission, 2004
This report includes observations from the first year of a three-year study of seven small high schools (that exist in converted comprehensive high schools) in Washington State. It discusses the unique characteristics of professional communities that are emerging and examines how these communities are changing teachers expectations for their…
Descriptors: High Schools, Small Schools, Professional Development, Communities of Practice
Wallach, Catherine A. – Online Submission, 2003
This report looks at the conversion work in three large comprehensive high schools in Washington State with a focus on what was learned in the early years. Each school takes a unique approach but common themes emerge, including the importance of strong principal leadership, the use of data, a transparent decision-making process, and a commitment…
Descriptors: High Schools, Research Reports, Administrative Change, Change Strategies