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This report focuses on the findings of five case studies of Boston schools whose Latino students are succeeding academically. The purpose of the study is to identify the characteristics of schools where Latino students succeed so that it can serve as a guide to educators as they plan for programs directed at these students as well as to parents as they choose educational settings for their children.

If Our Students Fail, We Fail. If They Succeed We Succeed reports on case studies of the Manassah E. Bradley Elementary, the Hugh R. O’Donnell Elementary, the Donald McKay K-8 School, Fenway High School and Tech Boston Academy. MCAS scores provided an initial sample of schools with higher pass rates for Latino students. Two elementary, one middle and two high schools were selected from schools where less than 15% of the Latino students are failed either or both the English Language Arts (ELA) and the Math test, ie they had a pass rate of 85%. The MCAS tests in Grades 4, 8 and 10 were taken into account. The study excludes exam schools and two-way bilingual schools since at this moment they are “too exceptional” in the district and the focus of the study was identifying best practices that could be implemented in the majority of district schools. Two pilot high schools were selected because the gap in MCAS results between these schools and the comprehensive high schools in the district was too wide to justify the selection of any of the latter schools for this project.


This research was funded by a grant from The Barr Foundation, Boston, MA.



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