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This research brief describes work documented in Lessons From New American Schools' Scale-Up Phase: Prospects for Bringing Designs to Multiple Schools (MR-942-NAS) and New American Schools After Six Years (MR-945-NAS).

Excerpt: New American Schools (NAS) is a nonprofit corporation established in 1991 by the private sector to support the America 2000 educational reform initiative. NAS was tasked with significantly improving students' academic performance by developing and implementing new paradigms of K-12 education, known as "whole school designs," in communities across the nation. This approach was based on the premise that high-quality schools each possess a "design" that guides the school's mission and instructional program and that establishes common expectations for accountability and performance among students, teachers, and parents.

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