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Ky. Study Finds Similarities Between Good Schools

By David J. Hoff — February 08, 2005 1 min read

Kentucky schools that are successful with low-income students share many common characteristics, a study commissioned by a state advocacy group concludes.

“Inside the Black Box of High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools” is available online from The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. ()

Those schools all set high and specific achievement goals, regularly measure student progress toward the goals, and constantly revise instruction to help students reach them, according to the study of eight elementary schools, released last week.

In each of the schools, more than half the students were in the federal free and reduced-priced meals program. Though the study covered a small number of schools, the authors said it could inform policymakers on options to help improve achievement at low-performing schools.

“Inside the Black Box of High-Performing High-Poverty Schools” was commissioned by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a Lexington-based group that seeks to improve Kentucky’s schools.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 09, 2005 edition of Education Week