Journal Article: Closing the Gap: Enhancing Student Outcomes in an Urban Professional Development School


Education, Professional development schools, Student achievements/Elementary schools


Klingner, Janette K.; Leftwich, Suzette; van Garderen, Delinda


2004, Summer


The purpose of this paper is to provide an account of changes in student achievement at one urban elementary school involved in an eight-year partnership with a University. The school first became involved with the University through a research project designed to support the school's efforts at restructuring and soon became a full-fledged Professional Development School (PDS). Students' scores on high-stakes assessment measures were the primary data sources. These scores are presented in descriptive form--no statistical analyses were applied. Students' test scores increased over the years and were higher than the scores of students in comparable schools. Individual interviews were also conducted to obtain teachers' and administrators' perceptions of the effects of the partnership on student achievement. Interviews revealed that teachers and administrators perceived that students benefited in academic, social/affective, and general domains. Furthermore, they attributed gains in student achievement to their partnership with the University. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.


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