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2008 Publication Archive

Year One Report: Intermediate Outcomes of the Commonwealth Pilot School Model

From the report's Executive Summary:

"In June 2008, four schools designated “underperforming” by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education concluded their first year of operation as Commonwealth Pilot Schools. This marked the completion of a year of hard work and transformation at Academy Middle School in Fitchburg, The English High School in Boston, and Duggan Middle School and Putnam Vocational Technical High School in Springfield. Although each of these schools plotted a unique path, they also encountered common challenges and opportunities as they undertook conversion to Commonwealth Pilot Schools. Following are the highlights of the many substantive changes and initiatives implemented in these schools over the past year, preliminary indications of their impact on school capacity and practice, and key lessons learned through the implementation process."


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