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mdrc Building Knowledge To Improve Social Policy Sustained Positive Effects on Graduation Rates Produced by New York City’s Small Public High Schools of Choice

By S. Bloom and Rebecca Unterman

Abstract

During the past decade, New York City undertook a districtwide high school reform that is perhaps unprecedented in its scope, scale, and pace. Between fall 2002 and fall 2008, the school district closed 23 large failing high schools (with graduation rates below 45 percent), 1 opened 216 new small high schools (with different missions, structures, and student selection criteria), and implemented a centralized high school admissions process that assigns over 90 percent of the roughly 80,000 incoming ninth-graders each year based on their school preferences. At the heart of this reform are 123 small

Year: 2013
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