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June 15, 2005
TO: Education reporters, editors, producers
FROM: Amy Cowles | (443) 287-9960 | amycowles@jhu.edu
RE: Talent Development High School model evaluation revealed
WHEN: 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, June 17
WHERE: Capitol Hill, 340B Rayburn House Office Building

An independent third-party evaluation of the Talent Development High School reform model shows that the program, created by education researchers at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at The Johns Hopkins University, is improving the learning experience for 9th graders in low-performing public high schools. The study by MDRC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education and social policy research organization, focused on the first five high schools to begin using the model in the Philadelphia School District. Talent Development:

  • Increased school attendance by nine days per year for each student.
  • Helped an additional 125 students pass algebra
  • Helped an extra 40 students get promoted to10th grade

  • There are also indications that positive effects are beginning to extend to 11th grade math test scores and to graduation rates. These results and more will be discussed during Friday's forum. Speakers include CSOS's James McPartland, project director for Talent Development, who has been instrumental in the development and implementation of this model. He will discuss the scaling-up process of Talent Development. Laura Schulz, a CSOS affiliate who is based at Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, will discuss the benefits and challenges of the Talent Development model at her school, which was studied in the MDRC evaluation.

    To cover this event, contact Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960 or amycowles@jhu.edu. Anyone planning to attend must also e-mail aypf@aypf.org. Info about the Talent Development High Schools model is online at www.csos.jhu.edu/tdhs/.

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