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This is a report aimed at those who want to better understand the burgeoning area of whole-school or comprehensive school reform. It describes trends in implementation, school performance, and related factors for the sample of NAS schools and is based on a three-year longitudinal study of these schools.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    A Brief History of New American Schools and RAND's Role in Monitoring the Effort

  • Chapter Two

    Analyzing Implementation and Performance in NAS Schools: a Conceptual Framework

  • Chapter Three

    RAND's Sample of New American Schools

  • Chapter Four

    Status of Implementation

  • Chapter Five

    Factors Affecting Implementation

  • Chapter Six

    Performance Trends in NAS Schools

  • Chapter Seven

    Qualitative Outcome Indicators

  • Chapter Eight

    Conclusions and Policy Implications

  • Appendix A

    Key Studies in RAND's Evaluation of NAS School Reform

  • Appendix B

    Description of Additional Implementation Indicators of the Designs, by Jurisdiction and Design Team, 1997 and 1998

  • Appendix C

    Models of Performance Expectations, Instructional Strategies, and Professional Development and Implementation Indices

  • Appendix D

    Description of Standardized Tests Used by Various Jurisdictions

  • Appendix E

    Graphs for Reading Scores for NAS Schools in Everett, Northshore, and Shoreline Districts in Washington

  • Appendix F

    RAND Principal and Teacher Questionnaires

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