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New Study Finds That New York City’s Small High Schools Markedly Increase Student’s Academic Performance and Graduation Rates | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Improvements seen for broad range of students, including African-American and Hispanic males, less-proficient students, and low-income students

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NEW YORK -- MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research firm in New York City, released a new report today showing that small high schools in New York City increase students’ likelihood of earning credits, progressing through school, and graduating in four years with Regents diplomas. This unprecedented study provides convincing evidence that systematically replacing very big failing high schools with a large number of small public high schools can narrow the educational attainment gap and markedly improve graduation prospects, particularly for disadvantaged students.

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