Transforming an Urban School System

Progress of New Haven School Change and New Haven Promise Education Reforms (2010–2013)

Miércoles, 10 de dic de 2014

Mónica Jacobo

In 2009, the City of New Haven and New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) announced a sweeping K–12 educational reform, New Haven School Change. The district had three primary goals for School Change: (1) close the gap between the performance of NHPS students’ and Connecticut students’ averages on state tests, (2) cut the high school dropout rate in half, and (3) ensure that every graduating student has the academic ability and the financial resources to attend and succeed in college. As a complement to School Change, the City of New Haven partnered with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, NHPS, and Yale University in 2010 to create New Haven Promise, a scholarship program that offers funding toward postsecondary education to eligible New Haven residents who attend NHPS schools. It aims to improve the postsecondary enrollment and graduation rates of NHPS graduates as a way to enhance the economic development of the city, attract more residents to New Haven, reduce crime and incarceration, and improve residents’ quality of life. The 2010–2011 school year marked the first year of a staged implementation for New Haven School Change and New Haven Promise: School Change is designed to be fully implemented in 2015–2016; the graduating high school class of 2014 was the first cohort of students that was eligible for the full Promise stipend. In June 2013, the New Haven Promise Board of Directors asked the RAND Corporation to conduct a study to document and describe baseline conditions and early progress NHPS and New Haven Promise have made to date in improving student educational outcomes. This project was funded by a grant to New Haven Promise from the Peter iv Transforming an Urban School System and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation. This report summarizes RAND’s analyses. It should be of interest to community members of New Haven and stakeholders in NHPS, as well as to the broader research community interested in district-wide education reforms and placebased postsecondary scholarship programs.