Metro has developed specific performance targets and attributes based upon published best practices for small, personalized high schools. The source documents for the survey of best practices are: Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) Ten Common Principles, Breaking Ranks II, and the programmatic components of the International Baccalaureate (IB). (These attributes have been organized in a matrix located in the section called “Research Summary”.) We began the planning through a grant from CES and we are grounded in their principles. Breaking Ranks II was chosen as a body of research because it is the most comprehensive recent study on high school effectiveness. (IB) was chosen because it serves as a comprehensive international approach to college access.
Each of the attributes was organized into performance targets by which measurement, either qualitative or quantitative, will be monitored for impact on overall student achievement. The target areas for categories of performance are:
- Student Achievement
- Classroom Practice
- Leadership Practice
- Organizational Practice
- Community Connections
Each of the characteristics listed are desired performances or attributes for optimizing learning. Following the detailed expectations is a matrix of research practices and attributes that have been incorporated into the establishment of the school as a result of the planning to date.
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