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Document Number: 5962

Holding High Hopes: How High Schools Respond to State Accountability Policies - This policy brief examines how 48 low-performing high schools in 34 districts in six states responded to state accountability policies. While some schools did receive guidance from outside assistance providers, the decision-making processes in a majority of the high schools “were often haphazard and left up to individual teachers acting on their own initiative.” The authors identify three factors that appear to push districts to make high schools raise student achievement: the high school’s previous performance, the size of the district central office and district leadership supportive of their state’s accountability system. (Margaret E. Goertz and Diane Massell, Consortium for Policy Research in Education, January 2005)...

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