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Document Number: 10869

Implementing Ninth Grade Academies in Broward County, Florida - Starting in the mid-2000s, Florida's Broward County Public Schools instituted Ninth Grade Academies(NGAs)in all their public high schools. The idea was that these would be small schools within large schools, offering freshmen a more personalized, engaging environment. Implementation was difficult. Administrative leadership and space components of the NGAs were easier to achieve than a dedicated faculty and interdisciplinary teaming components. Only three high schools achieved full implementation, 10 achieved partial implementation and five fell below the threshold. (Nettie Legters, Leigh Parise and Shelley Rappaport, MDRC, June 2013) ...

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