BEST PRACTICES

Know Your Schools~for NY Kids - Best Practices

Know Your Schools~for NY Kids has conducted a series of studies of higher- vs. average-performing schools and identified some of the features of more effective schools. For each study, findings are available to download or order and include:

Elementary School

2011
Critical Needs Report

Critical Needs Best Practices Framework

Critical Needs Case Studies

2005
Report

Best Practices Framework

Case Studies

Middle School

2007
Report

2009
Science Report

Best Practices Framework

 

Best Practices Framework

Case Studies

 

Case Studies

High School (2008)

Report

Best Practices Framework Case Studies

Sample schools were selected for the studies based on performance on New York State Assessments over at least three years, taking into account student demographics. For the elementary and middle school studies, Grade 4 or 8 Mathematics and ELA State Assessment results were used. The high school study used the five Regents Exams that all students must pass to earn a Regents Diploma. For the middle school science study, performance in Grade 8 science was used. Selection also took into consideration geographic location (seeking distribution across the state) as well as Per Pupil Expenditures (seeking to avoid schools in districts with a significantly higher PPE than the state average).

In consultation with the advisory board, a set of higher-performing schools were invited to take part in each study. A set of average performers with similar characteristics but typical achievement over time were then also selected. Researchers conducted the study of each site in 2-day site visits using a standard protocol to interview teachers and administrators at the school and district levels; the middle school science study included classroom observations, as well.