Journal Article: Student Achievement in High Performing, Suburban Middle Schools and Low Performing, Urban Middle Schools: Plausible Explanations for the Differences


Education, Organizational climate (in education), Student achievements/Urban schools, Suburban schools, Student achievements/Middle schools


Brown, Kathleen M.; Anfara, Vincent A., Jr.; Roney, Kathleen


2004, August


A study examined explanations for differences in student achievement between high-performing suburban and low-performing urban middle schools. Data were obtained from 12 teachers in six high-performing and 12 teachers in six low-performing public middle schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Apart from a great disparity in socioeconomic status, funding, and test scores, findings revealed sharp contrasts between the two types of schools in relation to the managerial, technical, and institutional levels of school organizational health.


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