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Title: CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS


1
CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP PARTNERSHIPS FOR
SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS
  • Presentation at the College of Charleston
  • January 27, 2006

Nancy W. Streim University of Pennsylvania,
Graduate School of Education
2
South Carolina AYP Results 2005
Source South Carolina Department of Education,
January 2006
3
African American and Latino 17 Year-Olds Read at
Same Levels As White 13 Year-Olds
Source The Education Trust, November 2005
4
African American and Latino 17 Year-Olds Do Math
at Same Levels As White 13 Year-Olds
Source The Education Trust, November 2005
5
Students Graduate From High School At Different
Rates 2001 4-Year Graduation Rates
The Education Trust 2005, citing Jay P. Greene
and Greg Forster, Public High School Graduation
and College Readiness Rates in the United
States, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,
September 2003.
6
States with Highest and Lowest Likelihood that
Entering 9th Grader will Complete High School
with Regular Diploma(2000-2001) New Jersey
86 South Carolina 51
High School Completion
Source The Education Trust, June 2005
7
Other Nations Average Mathematics Performance
Compared with the U.S.
The Education Trust, November 2005 Source NCES
1999-081R, Highlights From TIMSS
8
South Carolina Students Math Achievement Over
Time by Student Characteristics
Source South Carolina Department of Education,
2006
9
Percentage of Teacher Turnover 2000-01
All teachers Public School Teachers Low
Poverty High Poverty Rural Suburban Urban Large S
mall Private School Teachers Catholic Other
Religious Non-sectarian Large Small
0 5 10
15 20
25 Percent Movers Leavers
Source Ingersoll, R. 2003. Is There Really a
Teacher Shortage
10
Poor and Minority Students Get More
Inexperienced Teachers
Teachers with 3 or fewer years of experience.
High and low refer to top and bottom
quartiles. The Education Trust, November
2005 Source National Center for Education
Statistics, Monitoring Quality An Indicators
Report, December 2000.
11
Percentage of Public Secondary School Teachers
without a Major or Minor in Teaching Field
Source R. Ingersoll 2002. Out of Field Teaching,
Educational Inequality and the Organization of
Schools
12
Patterns of Local and State Funding 2003
Source The Funding Gap 2005. Education Trust,
Winter 2005
13
University of Pennsylvania
  • Partnerships for Successful Schools

14
Background
We understand that the health and vitality of
the University are inextricably linked to the
quality of life in our surrounding
neighborhoods. President Judith Rodin (1996)
  • West Philadelphia 1996
  • Unacceptable levels of crime and blight
  • High number of neglected homes
  • Job opportunities and family incomes in decline
  • Little outside investment
  • Minimal resources available for public school
    education

The West Philadelphia Initiatives were designed
with community partners to enhance the quality of
life in neighborhoods adjacent to campus
15
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of
Pennsylvania Partnership School
16
Vision for Penn Alexander School
  • Excellent school to attract and keep families in
    neighborhood
  • Professional development hub for local educators
  • Center for community programming

17
How did we develop the school?
  • Memorandum of Understanding with School District
    Teachers Union
  • University donated 5 acre site
  • Turnkey agreement to build school and turn over
    to District
  • Annual subsidy of 1,000 per child up to 700,000
  • Inclusive Community Engagement Process
  • Grassroots planning committees involved 70
    individuals
  • Liaisons with civic, business, social service
    and cultural organizations
  • Coordinating Council representing stakeholders
  • Products of Planning Process
  • Frameworks for educational and community
    programs
  • Design documents
  • Operating agreement for school governance
    management

18
Universitys Role
  • Steward implementation of university vision
  • Assist in development evaluation of curriculum
  • Participate in selection of staff
  • Connect school with university resources
  • Use school as site for research and
  • training for area teachers
  • Develop community programming
  • Identify and seek additional funding

19
Penn Alexander School 2005-2006
  • In 5th year of operation
  • Grades PreK-8
  • 488 neighborhood children K-8
  • 36 children in PreK (HeadStart)
  • Diverse student body reflective of community
  • 53 African American
  • 23 White
  • 13 Asian
  • 07 Hispanic
  • 04 Other
  • 19 Penn affiliates
  • 19 International
  • 49 Low Income

20
Accomplishments and Recognition
  • 2005 63 of students scored at or above grade
    level in reading, and 73 at or above grade level
    in math on state assessment
  • 2005 In first 8th grade graduating class 72 of
    students admitted to selective public and private
    high schools
  • 2005 Keystone School designation by the
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 2005 Philadelphia Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • 2004 Philadelphia Head Start Teacher of the Year
  • 2004 Schools as Centers of Community Honor
    Society (KnowledgeWorks Foundation)
  • 2004 Source Water Protection Award-Schuylkill
    Action Network
  • 2003 Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence
  • 2003 Design Excellence Award-AIA

21
Penn Partnership Schools
Universitys Role Provide advice, assistance, and
services in six key areas
  • Student assessment
  • Leadership development
  • Academic support enrichment
  • Curriculum development
  • Professional development
  • Parent community engagement

22
Penn Partnership Schools Accomplishments
  • Percentage of graduates reading at grade level
    after 3 years of partnership with Penn
  • Percentage of graduates with math skills at grade
    level after 3 years of partnership with Penn
  • 3 year academic achievement gains at Penn
    Partnership Schools highest among schools managed
    by outside entities (EMOs)

23
International Studies High School
  • New opportunity for a high school experience that
    will prepare students for global society
  • Small, college preparatory program with close
    affiliation with Penn
  • Part of Asia Society network of international
    studies schools

24
Other University and College Partnership Schools
(Public)
  • Cal State Fresno
  • Cal State LA
  • Clark University
  • Howard University
  • Stanford University
  • Temple University
  • Trinity College
  • Tulane University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC San Diego
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Hartford
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of Texas Austin
  • Widener University

25
Degrees of Partnership with Public Schools
Tight
Design Specificity
Loose
Tight
Management Responsibility
Adapted from Colby, Smith Shelton, 2005.
Expanding the Supply of High Quality Public
Schools. The Bridgespan Group
26
Some Final Thoughts
  • BE STEADFAST IN YOUR COMMITMENT
  • ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
  • LAY THE GROUNDWORK WITH COMMUNITY
  • MANAGE EXPECTATIONS
  • GET IT IN WRITING
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