Learning Policy Institute
Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy
Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence
New Report Provides Research Based Evidence that Community Schools are an Effective School Improvement Strategy
Learning Policy Institute and National Education Policy Center recently released, Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence. The report concludes that well-implemented community schools lead to improvement in student and school outcomes and contribute to meeting the educational needs of low-achieving students in highpoverty schools. Strong research reinforces the efficacy of integrated student supports, expanded learning time and opportunities, and family and community engagement as intervention strategies. Promising evidence supports the positive impact of the type of collaborative leadership and practice found in community schools, although little of this research has been done in community schools. The research base examining the “full service” community schools model that includes most or all of the four pillars is newer, more limited in size, and consists primarily of evaluation studies of 143 sites.
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