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Ky. Study Finds Similarities Between Good Schools

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

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.

Vol. 24, Issue 22, Page 18

Published in Print: February 9, 2005, as Ky. Study Finds Similarities Between Good Schools

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