Developing Effective Schools Collaborative

The core work of the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools is working with two large urban districts and intervention development specialists in the Developing Effective Schools Collaborative (DESC).

The DESC project is using a combination of interviews, surveys, and observations to uncover what the effective schools in two large urban districts are doing that contribute to their success and distinguish them from less effective schools in the same district. That is, we are examining the combination of essential components of successful high schools and the programs, practices, processes, and policies that make some high schools in large urban districts particularly effective with low income students, minority students, and English language learners. The school effectiveness measures were developed using value-added models.

The DESC project is using the knowledge gained from these data collection efforts to design a process to share best practices across high schools.

In this first year of the project, we are surveying high school principals across Florida and Texas, surveying high school teachers in Broward County, and conducting in-depth case studies in four high schools in Broward County. The DESC project is using the knowledge gained from these data collection efforts to design a process to share best practices across high schools—in collaboration with district leaders and participants from both the effective and less effective schools. We will implement this process—a process to support the sharing of best practices between effective and less effective high schools in our partner districts. We will implement this process in less effective schools and evaluate the implementation to assess the impact of the intervention design.

If you are a teacher or principal who has been invited to participate in this project, please visit the Research Participants page to learn more.

Surveys

This project involves teacher surveys in our partner districts and principal surveys in Texas and Florida. To see copies of our surveys, please use the links below. The teacher survey is administered to teachers in all subject areas.