Effects of New American Schools' Designs in a High-Poverty District: A Cautionary Tale
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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A decade ago, New American Schools NAS launched an ambitious effort for whole-school reform to address the perceived lagging achievement of American students and the lackluster school reform attempts that produced so little meaningful change. As a private non-profit organization, NAS set out to help schools and districts significantly raise the achievement of large numbers of students by offering whole- school designs and design-based assistance during the implementation process. NAS is currently in the scale-up phase of its effort Its designs are being widely diffused in partnering jurisdictions across the nation. The purpose of this report is to examine the conditions of NAS classrooms compared with non-N AS classrooms and to study the relationships between classroom conditions and student achievement The focus is on the conditions in the district, schools, and classrooms that promote or inhibit design implementation and changes in teaching and learning.
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