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Document Number: 6288

Making Progress Toward Graduation: Evidence from the Talent Development High School Model - This report evaluates the impact of the Talent Development High School Model on 20 cohorts of 9th-grade students in Philadelphia. The authors identify the key problems students face in underperforming high schools and the model’s structural elements that address these problems and evaluate the model’s implementation in high schools in the district. Among the numerous findings: “Talent Development produced strong impacts on credits earned, promotion rates and attendance rates during the first year of high school” but “had mixed results for students ... repeating the 9th grade.” In addition, as 9th graders in Talent Development high schools made their way through high school, they continued to earn more total credits and earn required credits in English and math. An eight-page executive summary also is available. (James J. Kemple, Corinne M. Herlihy and Thomas J. Smith, MDRC, May 2005)...

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