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Lessons From New American Schools' Scale-up Phase: Prospects For Bringing Designs To Multiple Schools

by Susan J. Bodilly

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New American Schools was established in 1991 to help schools transform themselves into high-performing organizations. This report is a formative assessment of the first two years (1995-1997) of the scale-up phase, during which NAS partnered with 10 jurisdictions to implement design-based programs for improving student performance.

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The New American Schools (known as the New American SchoolsDevelopment Corporation from 1991 through 1995) is a private non-profitcorporation, created in conjunction with the America 2000 initiative,to fund the development of new, whole-school designs forelementary and secondary schools that could eventually be adoptedin schools across the country. After three years of development anddemonstration, NAS chose seven design teams to begin a five-yeareffort to promote their designs in multiple schools within a districtand within multiple districts.During this time, RAND provided analytic support to NAS. RANDperformed an analysis of implementation in the demonstrationschools from 1993 to 1995, which is reported in Lessons from NewAmerican Schools Development Corporation's Demonstration Phase(Bodilly et al., 1996). In the scale-up phase, RAND is conducting bothqualitative and quantitative analyses to better understand the effectsof the reform on schools and students.This report documents the findings from the implementation analysisof the first two years (1995-1997) of the five-year scale-up phase.This report should interest educational policymakers at all levels ofgovernment, school administrators and teachers, and communitiesconcerned with improved schooling. The research was supported byNAS with funds donated by several foundations: The Ford Foundation,the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. andCatherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, andothers. The study was conducted under the auspices of RAND Education.

About the Author
SUSAN J. BODILLY (Ph.D., Public Policy, George Mason University) is an adjunct professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, and group manager and senior researcher, Health, Education and Welfare, at RAND.



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