Transforming an Urban School System: Progress of New Haven School Change and New Haven Promise Education Reforms (2010–2013) — Technical Appendixes
Nov 20, 2014
In the 2010–2011 school year, two educational programs launched in New Haven, Connecticut: New Haven School Change, a sweeping K–12 educational reform to improve the learning of educational outcomes of its students, and New Haven Promise, a scholarship program intended to improve college-going culture and encourage graduates to attend college. This report documents a study of early progress in these programs.
In 2009, the City of New Haven and New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) announced a sweeping K–12 educational reform, New Haven School Change. The district had three primary goals for School Change: (1) close the gap between the performance of NHPS students' and Connecticut students' averages on state tests, (2) cut the high school dropout rate in half, and (3) ensure that every graduating student has the academic ability and the financial resources to attend and succeed in college. Concurrent with School Change, the City of New Haven partnered with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, NHPS, and Yale University in 2010 to create New Haven Promise, a scholarship program that aims to improve the college-going culture in the city and postsecondary enrollment and graduation rates of NHPS graduates as a way to enhance the economic development of the city, attract more residents to New Haven, reduce crime and incarceration, and improve residents' quality of life. The 2010–2011 school year marked the first year of a staged implementation for both efforts. In June 2013, the New Haven Promise Board of Directors asked the RAND Corporation to conduct a study to document and describe baseline conditions and early progress of these programs. Researchers worked with state and district data and conducted interviews with Promise Scholars and parents to document early trends and possible areas for improvement. This report and its companion volume document the resulting study.
Student, Parent, and Teacher Perceptions of School Climate
Eliminating the Achievement Gap: Analysis of State Student Assessment Results
Cutting the Dropout Rate: Analysis of NHPS District High School Dropout Rates
Ensuring That Students Attend and Succeed in College: Analysis of Trends in College Enrollment, Promise Eligibility, and Students' Perspectives on College Readiness
Conclusions and Recommended Next Steps