Report: High-Achieving Middle Schools for Latino students in Poverty


Students: Latinos, culturally and linguistically diverse


Jesse, D., Davis, A., & Pokorny, N.




The Center: The Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement


The study investigates what practitioners are doing
Nine middle schools were selected from different
to create effective middle schools for Latino students
regions of Texas. The schools serve predominantly
(the Latino student population in seven of the nine
schools was more than 90 percent). The study includes
a literature review that places itself within the larger
context of research literature. The study’s
research findings are organized into six areas
that encompass the 57 characteristics of
effective schools identified by the study’s
authors: school leadership, teacher expertise
and relationships, Latino culture and second
language issues, organizational structure,
curriculum and instruction, and community
and parent involvement. This research brief
describes the study’s findings in each of the
six areas and indicates how the success of
these schools can be replicated. In addition,
the authors identify a seventh area that is
arguably more difficult to replicate: coherence.


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