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Report: How High Schools Become Exemplary

How High Schools Become ExemplaryThis report from the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University discusses how 15 public high schools excelled. The schools, in Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Texas and Washington, D.C., were featured at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University in June of 2009.

The Massachusetts schools had unusually high value-added test score gains on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) from 8th to 10th grade. In addition, they had recently narrowed test score gaps between each of their racial/ethnic groups and white students in the rest of the state. Schools from the other states were highly recommended by experts. At the conference, teams from each of the schools made brief presentations with evidence of their impressive achievements and then faced extensive questioning from experts about the methods by which they achieved such progress.

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