High School Success Stories: How Did Some Exemplary High Schools in Greater Boston Raise Achievement and Narrow Test-Score Gaps?

September 28, 2010

Tuesday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Nye AB, 5th floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street

Ronald Ferguson, Faculty Co-chair and Director, Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University and Co-Author, How High Schools Become Exemplary: Ways That Leadership Raises Achievement and Narrows Gaps by Improving Instruction in 15 Public High Schools

Commentary by Mary Skipper, Chief Education Officer, TechBoston Academy Upper and Lower and
Sharon Wolder, Associate Principal, Brockton High School

Viewed nationally, American high schools have done little to raise reading and math test scores for several decades or to increase graduation rates for their students. Some schools, however, have made quite impressive improvements. In a new report that draws on presentations made last spring by leaders of 15 of these schools – including eight schools in Massachusetts – the Achievement Gap Initiative found that student achievement rose when leadership times focused thoughtfully and relentlessly on improving the quality of instruction.

Cosponsored by the Achievement Gap Initiative, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and the Program on Education Policy and Governance