Injecting Successful Charter School Strategies into Traditional Public Schools: Early Results from an Experiment in Houston
In the 2010-2011 school year, we implemented five strategies gleaned from practices in successful charter schools – increased instructional time, a more rigorous approach to building human capital, high-dosage tutoring, frequent use of data to inform instruction, and a culture of high expectations – in nine of the lowest performing schools in Houston, Texas. We show that the average impact of these changes on student achievement is 0.277 standard deviations in math and 0.062 standard deviations in reading, which is strikingly similar to reported impacts of attending the Harlem Children’s Zone and Knowledge is Power Program schools – two widely lauded charter organizations.
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This paper was revised on January 25, 2012