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Sepanik, Susan; Safran, Stephanie; Saco, Larissa – MDRC, 2018
In the United States today, more jobs than ever before require at least some postsecondary education. Yet too many young adults are either not enrolling or not succeeding in college. This scenario exists across many different types of communities, but schools in rural areas, particularly those with large populations of low-income students, face…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Rural Schools, Alignment (Education), Public Schools
Legters, Nettie; Parise, Leigh; Rappaport, Shelley – MDRC, 2013
Researchers from MDRC and Johns Hopkins University partnered with Florida's Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in 2009 to launch an independent evaluation of the district's initiative to implement Ninth Grade Academies (NGAs) in every district high school. An NGA is a self-contained learning community for ninth-graders that operates as a school…
Descriptors: Career Academies, Grade 9, Program Implementation, High Schools
Legters, Nettie; Parise, Leigh – MDRC, 2016
Providing ninth-graders with academic and social support can put more students on the graduation path, but it can be challenging for schools and school systems to implement that support routinely and effectively. This brief describes how Broward County Public Schools adopted a community of practice (CoP) approach to improve school-based teams'…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Urban Schools, Grade 9, Educational Policy