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Document Number: 10868

Sustained Progress: New Findings About the Effectiveness and Operation of Small Public High Schools of Choice in New York City - Small schools of choice in New York City continue to increase graduation rates for disadvantaged students of color, according to a recent report. In 2002, the city embarked on three interrelated education reforms: district-wide choice for ninth-graders, closure of 31 large high schools with an average graduation rate of 40%, and the opening of 200 new small high schools many of which would be located in some of the districtís most disadvantaged communities. The 25 schools with signs of the strongest effectiveness had principals and teachers who believe in rigor and personal relationships with students. However, itís hard to find the authorsí definition of small. (Howard S. Bloom and Rebecca Unterman,MDRC,August 2013)...

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