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Document Number: 6256

The Challenge of Scaling Up Education Reform: Findings and Lessons from First Things First (FTF) - FTF is a comprehensive school reform that includes three central components: (1) small learning communities of up to 350 students and their key teachers who remain together for several years; (2) a family advocate system in which each student is paired with a staff member who meets regularly with the student, monitors his or her progress and works with the student's parents to promote success; and (3) instructional improvement efforts aimed at making lessons more engaging and rigorous, as well as better aligned with state and local standards. This report describes the implementation and effects of the program model in five districts that serve high proportions of minority and economically disadvantaged students. (Janet Quint, Howard S. Bloom, Alison Rebeck Black, LaFleur Stephens and Theresa M. Akey, MDRC, July 2005)...

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