2009 AGI Conference Report:
"How High Schools Become Exemplary: Ways That Leadership Raises Achievement and Narrows Gaps by Improving Instruction in 15 Public High Schools"
This report features 15 outstanding public high schools from Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Texas and Washington, DC. All were featured at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University in June of 2009.
In the News:
4,100 Students Prove ‘Small Is Better’ Rule Wrong
New York Times September 27, 2010
Measuring Value-Added vs. Proficiency: What it Means that Brockton Outperformed 90 percent of Massachusetts High Schools
According to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), Brockton students learn more in English Language Arts from 8th to 10th grades than at more than 90 percent of other Massachusetts high schools. This does not mean that they have the highest proficiency rates. Proficiency measure skill levels not skill growth; they tell us more about students’ socio-economic backgrounds than about their recent learning. The Achievement Gap Initiative Report on Exemplary High Schools selected Brockton High and other schools to feature based on their value-added achievement gains. These are schools where no matter what their scores were at the end of 8th grade, they are going to learn more by the end of 10th grade than at most other schools in the state. See the full report for more detail.