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Bridging the Gap of Achievement on the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment: Analysis of the Development of a Small Learning Community from a Junior Academy Model in an Urban High School

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  • New laws that focused on increased accountability (NJ Achieve, Davy's Report, ESEA) influenced high school administrators to revisit organizational structures as a way to create to more efficient instructional practices that would translate into success on the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment. The Junior Academy at Ferris High School models this approach to education reform in New Jersey through the development of both professional learning communities for instructors and a small learning environment for students. The Junior Academy has placed juniors in a separate building with an intensive instructional focus on preparing students for the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment. The focus of this study will assess the effectiveness of this education initiative through a correlational research design that will utilize longitudinal data.
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  • 04/17/2024
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