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Document Number: 5459

The Talent Development High School Model: Context, Components, and Initial Impacts on Ninth-Grade Studentsí Engagement and Performance - This study evaluates the impact of the Talent Development High School comprehensive reform model in five large high schools in an urban district. The model seeks to address: (1) low student engagement, (2) poor prior preparation, (3) low 9th-grade promotion rates, (4) low graduation rates and (5) isolation from the community. The researchers found that first-time 9th graders in Talent Development schools completed a core academic curriculum at higher rates, were more likely to be promoted and had better attendance rates than demographically similar nonTalent Development schools in the same district. An executive summary also is available. (James J. Kemple and Corinne M. Herlihy, MDRC, June 2004)...

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