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New American Schools After Six Years

by Thomas Keith Glennan And Walter S. Baer

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This report provides a background for these monographs. It tales advantage of RAND's unique perspective to describe the evolution of New American Schools and its strategy for reform during its first six years operation.

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This report describes the evolution of the program of New AmericanSchools (NAS), a nonprofit private effort to foster significant educationreform through the widespread implementation of schoolwidedesigns. Since its establishment in 1991, New American Schools hascontracted with RAND to provide analytical support for the effort.During that time, RAND research staff have played a number of rolesranging from advisor, to field observer, to formal evaluator of theeffort. As the evaluations of the implementation of the designs andthe outcomes associated with that implementation are completed,the results have been and will continue to be published as separateresearch monographs.This report provides a background for these monographs. It takesadvantage of RAND's unique perspective to describe the evolution ofNew American Schools and its strategy for reform during its first sixyears of operation. As such, it should be of interest to those concernedwith the reform of public education and, more generally, withchanging public institutions.Other RAND reports about New American Schools include:MR-598-NASDC, Designing New American Schools: Baseline Observationson Nine Design TeamsMR-729-NASDC, Lessons from New American Schools DevelopmentCorporation's Demonstration PhaseMR-716-NASDC, Reforming and Conforming: NASDC Principals DiscussSchool Accountability SystemsLessons from New American Schools' Scale-Up Phase: Prospects for Bringing Designs to Multiple Schools(forthcoming)Within RAND, this research has been conducted by RAND Education under a contract with New American Schools. Funding to support the evaluation has been provided by the Ford Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, and the Knight Foundation.

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Thomas K. Glennan (Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University) is a senior economist in the Washington Office of RAND. His research at RAND has focused on education, manpower training, energy, environmental enforcement, demonstration program management in health and human services, and military research and development.



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