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The Success for All Model of School Reform: Early Findings from the Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-Up - Success for All (SFA) got a five-year scale-up grant under the U.S. Department of Education's first Investing in Education (i3) competition. Researchers looked at the program's implementation and impacts in the year 2011-2012 in 37 school K-5 and K-6 schools. Kindergartners in the SFA group scored significantly higher than those in the control group, teachers had become more comfortable with SFA by the end of the year, and almost all the SFA schools reached a satisfactory level of early implementation as judged by the SFA Foundation. (Janet C. Quint et al., MDRC, October 2013. ...

Evaluating Comprehensive School Reform Models at Scale: Focus on Implementation - Despite increasing pressure for improving student achievement, most studies of comprehensive school reforms show only a modest effect or sometimes no effect at all. But if reform has not been implemented, or has been implemented only in part, changes in student achievement cannot be expected. To fill the "implementation measurement" gap, the authors of this report developed a unique methodology to quantitatively measure the level of school reform implementation. They applied this methodology to measure actual implementation of four different models in a large number of schools, along with a corresponding set of non-model schools. They found that very few schools have fully implemented their reform model. Practices in model and non-model schools are similar, although some practices are implemented more thoroughly or frequently when prescribed by a model. At the current level of implementation, comprehensive school reform is likely to have little effect on student achievement. (Georges Vernez, Rita Karam, Louis T. Mariano and Christine DeMartini, RAND, 2006) ...

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