Evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation High School Grants
Changes in Rigor, Relevance, and Student Learning in Large High Schools Redesigned into Small Learning Communities
This presentation to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association highlights findings from the evaluation of the effects of redesigning large high schools into small learning communities. The study found that for English/language arts,rigor, relevance, and student work quality improved; for math, rigor and relevance improved while student work quality declined. The presenters offer possible factors that impacted the results.
- To what extent do teacher assignments become more rigorous and relevant when large high schools are redesigned into SLCs?
- To what extent does student work quality improve after large high schools are redesigned into SLCs?
- To what extent is student learning associated with assignment rigor and relevance?