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Author(s):Goldberger, S., and Bayerl, K
Title:Beating the odds: The real challenges behind the math achievement gap - and what high-achieving schools can teach us about how to close it
Organization:Jobs for the Future
Short Description:This paper highlights a promising trend—the growing number of academically rigorous small schools that are beating the odds by bringing the highest-need students to high levels of math achievement.
Annotation:This paper highlights a promising trend—the growing number of academically rigorous small schools that are beating the odds by bringing the highest-need students to high levels of math achievement. Their success stems from their willingness to address the deep-rooted instructional and organizational flaws of traditional school design. Taking the best ideas from the “small schools movement” of the 1980s and 1990s, which created effective learning environments for students at risk of failure in large urban settings, these new small schools have been able not only to retain struggling students but also to prepare them for college work.
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High School
Low-Income Students
Preparation/College Readiness
School Reform
Small Schools Initiatives
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