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30 Large Urban School Districts Show Better Relative Academic Performance Than Their States for African-American, Hispanic, or Low-Income Students

Published: December 2010

Publisher(s): Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Funder(s): Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

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The 2010 Broad Prize: 30 Large Urban School Districts Show Better Relative Academic Performance Than Their States for African-American, Hispanic, or Low-Income Students

Area of Focus: Teacher Quality and Leadership; Low-Performing Schools

Abstract

The report presents data collected during the Broad Prize process on 30 large urban school districts with higher-than-state-average performance among African-American, Hispanic, and low-income students and discusses the policies behind their success.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

+Successful policies implemented by The Long Beach Unified School District (CA) --one of the highest ranking districts in above-average performance for all three disadvantaged groups -- include using common core pedagogy, having objective teacher feedback, staff recruitment and hiring driven by student achievement goals and community involvement.

=Eighteen large urban school districts met or exceeded state standards in both reading and math in 2009 for African-Americans, as well as a higher percentage of African-American students perform at the advanced level in both subjects

=Sixteen large urban school districts met or exceeded state standards in both reading and math in 2009 for Hispanics, as well as a higher percentage of Hispanic students perform at the advanced level in both subjects

=Seventeen large urban school districts met or exceeded state standards in both reading and math in 2009 for low-income students, as well as had a higher percentage of low-income students perform at the advanced level in both subjects

Geographic Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Elementary and Secondary Education; Elementary and Secondary Education, School Reform; Minorities

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