No Easy Answers: The Challenge of Creating Small Schools in the South Bronx

No Easy Answers: The Challenge of Creating Small Schools in the South Bronx

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This dissertation examines a recent reform effort in New York City called the New Century Schools Initiative (NCSI). NCSI was inspired by the improvements that some small urban schools have made in the academic achievement of poor students. Under NCSI, New York's Department of Education has overseen the opening of hundreds of small schools whose expressed goal is improving academic achievement for poor students. The small schools strategy rests on the assumption that small schools, by themselves, will be able to overcome the traditional problems that all schools have had in serving poor students. This dissertation examines three small high schools opened under NCSI, and uses qualitative methods to understand the degree to which schools were able to mediate the affects of poverty and to improve achievement for poor students. The findings indicate that although the schools did improve student achievement by some measures, overall students did not get the skills that they needed to go on to higher education. On a broader level, the study concludes that reform policies that do not account for the non-academic needs of poor children, like NCSI, struggle to improve their academic achievement.Meaning that, come on. You know when humans ... Today at all three of the schools in this study, the following classroom scene is typical: The students move on to their graphic organizers. The teacher reminds the students how these will help them with their ability to write Regents level essays. He highlights the opinionanbsp;...

Title:No Easy Answers: The Challenge of Creating Small Schools in the South Bronx
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007

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