Identifying and developing a process for transferring key elements that make some high schools in large urban districts more effective at improving outcomes for low-income and minority students, as well as English language learners, is the focus of a new national center at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College.
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded $13.6 million over five years to fund the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools (NCSU), a national research and development center on scaling up effective schools.
The Center's goal is to identify programs, practices, processes, and policies that make some high schools more effective at reaching certain students. The center will also develop ways to transfer those methods to less effective schools in the same districts. Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Education Development Center, headquartered in Newton, Mass., are partnering with Vanderbilt in the project.