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Document Number: 5153

Scaling Up First Things First: Findings from the First Implementation Year - This report evaluates the implementation of the First Things First comprehensive school reform program. Originally implemented in Kansas City, Kansas in 1998, the program strives to change the structure, instruction and accountability and governance of traditional high schools in order to improve academic achievement at traditionally low-performing schools. This report analyzes the implementation of the program at a small group of middle and high schools in Texas, Mississippi and Missouri, beginning in 1999. The results of this study were inconclusive. Full implementation of the program was not universal, and the attitudes of teachers and students changed in key areas from the initial “planning year” to the second “implementation year.” The report points to an upcoming study on additional schools and to a final study as providing more definitive analysis as to the effectiveness of the program. An executive summary also is available. (Janet C. Quint, D. Crystal Byndloss with Bernice Melamud, MDRC, December 2003)...

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