Category: Publications

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Strategies for Student Attendance and School Climate in Baltimore’s Community Schools

In this study, we interviewed the coordinators in community schools identified as having comparatively higher student attendance and more positive school climate than peer community schools.  The coordinators reported that having clearly designated roles, reliable protocols and procedures, and a leader who consistently communicated expectations to parents and students helped ensure that community schools could […]

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Improvement Science in Schools

Recently EdWeek posted two blog posts about BERC’s work on Improvment Science. One from the researchers perspective,   http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/urban_education_reform/2017/08/the_case_for_improvement_science.html And from the practitioner’s perspective http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/urban_education_reform/2017/08/partnering_to_improve_insights_from_baltimore.html

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Getting to High School in Baltimore

Getting to High School in Baltimore:  Student Commuting and Public Transportation Starting in 2015, BERC researchers became interested in high school student commutes and the potential relationship with attendance and tardiness. This first report examines the commutes of high school students in Baltimore, who rely extensively on the existing public transportation infrastructure to get to their […]

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College Fact Book

Baltimore City Schools College Fact Book, by Rachel E. Durham, Rudy Ruiz and Faith Connolly, provides a detailed update through the class of 2015 as part of a series of reports about Baltimore City Schools graduates’ college access. For the first time, this report also provides high school level information about how many students applied to, and were accepted to college, as […]

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Stocks in the Future: An Examination of Participant Outcomes in 2014-15

Stocks in the Future, August 2016 This study presents outcomes on the Stocks in the Future program in several Baltimore City Schools. Stocks in the Future is a financial literacy and incentive program for students in grades 6 through 8, delivered weekly by students’ regular classroom teachers, allowing students to earn dollars with good attendance […]

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Baltimore Community Schools: Promise & Progress

This report, by Rachel E. Durham and Faith Connolly, examined the characteristics of students Community Schools serve, parent engagement, school climate, and student attendance outcomes, as compared to non-Community Schools.  In addition, the report examines attendance and PARCC outcomes among students participating in the Community Schools’ Out-of-School-Time Programs (OST). Key Findings from the report include: […]

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Kindergarten Attendance and Readiness for Baltimore’s Class of 2027

This brief examines kindergarten readiness and attendance in kindergarten for children enrolled in publicly provided early education programs as well as similar children who entered kindergarten without enrolling in these programs. Researchers found that children who do not participate in publicly funded early education programs are less likely to be kindergarten ready and miss more school. Conversely, children […]

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The Costly Consequences of Not Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready by Kindergarten

In 2015, 52% of Baltimore City Public Schools’ kindergarteners were assessed as entering school without sufficient social-behavioral skills needed to learn.  These are the readiness skills children need to follow directions, comply with rules, manage emotions, solve problems, organize and complete tasks, and get along with others. This report examined the relationships between social-behavioral readiness […]

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Born in Baltimore

This is the first report from the Early Education Data Collaborative (EEDC). With approximately 9,000 babies born each year to Baltimore residents.  The EEDC is an effort to describe the experiences of these Baltimore birth cohorts as they grow up in the city and enter elementary school. Some key findings include: Just under two-thirds of […]

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College Opportunities and Success: Baltimore City Graduates through the Class of 2014

This report is the third in a series of reports describing Baltimore City Schools graduates enrolling in college the fall after graduation and how many of them went on to earn degrees after six years. Findings of the report include: The majority of City Schools’ graduates who enroll in college, enroll in local community colleges; […]

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The Baltimore City Schools Middle School STEM Summer Program with VEX Robotics

In 2011 Baltimore City Schools submitted a successful proposal for an Investing in Innovations (i3) grant to offer a three year (2012-2014) summer program designed to expose rising sixth through eighth grade students to VEX robotics.1 The i3-funded Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Learning Program was part of a larger Baltimore […]

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A Library Like This: Baltimore Library Project Year 2

This second report focuses on the opening of new school libraries and their impact on schools, teachers and students after two years of implementation of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (Library Project). The findings build on the first report, specifically, improvements have been seen in measures of school climate. Also, where proficiency rates […]

A First Look at  Community Schools in Baltimore
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A First Look at Community Schools in Baltimore

In partnership with the Mayor of Baltimore City and Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), Family League of Baltimore (Family League) launched the Community & School Engagement Strategy in school year 2012-13.  The major finding is that community schools that had been implementing community school practices for five or more years had statistically significant higher […]

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Ingenuity Program

The Ingenuity program was designed to “provide Baltimore’s brightest middle school students with a free, highly accelerated, and challenging mathematics and science curriculum” (Ingenuity Project, 2014). Begun in 1993 at two middle schools, one is located on the east side of the City and the second on the west. Currently it is offered at several middle […]

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Measuring School Climate: Using Existing Data Tools on Climate and Effectiveness to Inform School Organizational Health

The increasing awareness of school climate is seen in the national press in conversations about suspensions and safety. This increasing interest is happening as schools and communities realize that children cannot learn if they do not feel safe and respected. This interest led to a BERC report on school climate entitled Positive School Climate: What […]

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Indicators of College Readiness: A Comparison of High School and College Measures

This report considers the meaning of college readiness from both the district and college perspective. In the past decade, numerous actors in educational research, policy, and practice have converged upon a seemingly practical definition of college readiness that hinges upon a student’s lack of need for postsecondary remedial education. For good or for bad, this conception has […]

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i3 MS STEM Project

By: Martha Abele Mac Iver This rigorous analysis from the first year found that students who participated in this middle school STEM summer program in robotics on math achievement and student interest in STEM subjects and careers, which culminated in a city-wide tournament, had significantly higher school attendance the following year compared to a matched comparison […]

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Importance of September Attendance

In this brief examining absences in September and later  schools attendance, we found the September absences predicted later  chronic absence, missing more than 20 days a year) after controlling for student demographic characteristics, service receipt, and attendance the previous school year (2011-12). Students who missed 2 or more days in September were significantly more likely to […]

Positive School Climate: What It Looks Like and How It Happens
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Positive School Climate: What It Looks Like and How It Happens

 Positive School Climate: What It Looks Like and How It Happens: Nurturing Positive School Climate for Student Learning and Professional Growth by Tami Kopischke Smith, Faith Connolly, and Charlene Pryseski In this BERC study,  a qualitative analysis was conducted at five Baltimore City Schools to develop an understanding of how principals led their school’s climate turnaround and how efforts […]

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project in Baltimore City
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The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project in Baltimore City

A Library They Deserve, by Steven Sheldon, Marcia H. Davis, and Faith Connolly is the first of a series of reports for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation examining The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (Library Project). This report on the first year of the project examines the experiences of principals and librarians at […]

Evaluation of Out of School Time Programs for the Family League of Baltimore City
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Evaluation of Out of School Time Programs for the Family League of Baltimore City

By: Linda S. Olson, Faith Connolly, Alok Kommajesula This is an examination of the 2011-12 Out of School Time (OST) Programs sponsored by the Family League of Baltimore City. This report informed  recruitment of OST participants in fall 2013. Read full report.

College Enrollment and Degree Completion of Baltimore City Graduates through the Class of 2012
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College Enrollment and Degree Completion of Baltimore City Graduates through the Class of 2012

By: Rachel E. Durham and Linda S. Olson A descriptive report on Baltimore City School graduates who enrolled in post secondary institutions  the fall after graduation for the Classes of 2007 through 2012 and six year degree completion rates for the Classes of 2004 through 2006. Click here for full report

Predicting High School Outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools
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Predicting High School Outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools

The Senior Urban Education Research Fellowship Series By: Martha Abele Mac Iver & Matthew Messel Summer 2012 Large urban public school districts play a significant role in the American education system. The largest 67 urban school systems in the country—comprising less than one half of one percent of the nearly seventeen thousand school districts that […]

Baltimore Education Research Consortium: A Consideration of Past, Present, and Future
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Baltimore Education Research Consortium: A Consideration of Past, Present, and Future

By: Faith Connolly, Stephen B. Plank and Tracy Rone A Consideration of Past, Present, and Future is an overview of the history and development of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC). As a part of this overview, we describe challenges and dilemmas encountered during the founding years of this consortium. We also highlight particular benefits or sources […]

Early Elementary Performance and  Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
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Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

By: Faith Connolly and Linda S. Olson Early Elementary Performance and  Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten looks at attendance in the early grades of elementary school. In particular, we focus on Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) and Kindergarten (K) and follow these young students over time, examining their pattern of chronic absence (CA) in PreK and […]

A Descriptive Look at College Enrollment and Degree Completion of Baltimore City Graduates
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A Descriptive Look at College Enrollment and Degree Completion of Baltimore City Graduates

by: Rachel E. Durham and Erik Westlund A Descriptive Look at College Enrollment and Degree Completion of Baltimore City Graduates is a descriptive report that paints a picture of Baltimore City Schools’ current activities on college access, enrollment, and completion. The report establishes a baseline for future analyses and identifies areas where additional research and information could […]

Pressures of the Season: A Descriptive Look at Classroom Quality in Second and Third Grade Classrooms
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Pressures of the Season: A Descriptive Look at Classroom Quality in Second and Third Grade Classrooms

By: Stephen B. Plank and Barbara Condliffe Pressures of the Season: A Descriptive Look at Classroom Quality in Second and Third Grade Classrooms reports the findings from 347 observations conducted in 23 second and third grade classrooms over two years to paint a picture of the in-school experiences of students who hadbeen first graders in eight […]

Destination Graduation: Sixth Grade Early Warning Indicators for Baltimore City Schools: Their Prevalence and Impact
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Destination Graduation: Sixth Grade Early Warning Indicators for Baltimore City Schools: Their Prevalence and Impact

Destination Graduation: Sixth Grade Early Warning Indicators for Baltimore City Schools: Their Prevalence and Impact examines the 2000-01 cohort of sixth grade students from Baltimore City Schools to determine whether there were indicators that predicted eventual dropout with a reasonable level of certainty and identified enough students to justify intervention efforts. The indicators include chronic absence […]

Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008‐09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools
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Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008‐09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools

Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools examined eight years of student-level data to paint a collective portrait of the process of disengagement that leads to student dropout. The study found that the majority of students who eventually drop out of Baltimore high schools enter ninth grade with a pattern […]

Keeping On Track in Ninth Grade and Beyond: Baltimore’s Ninth Graders in 2007-08
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Keeping On Track in Ninth Grade and Beyond: Baltimore’s Ninth Graders in 2007-08

To address the factors related to high school success, BERC announces the release of the report,”Keeping On Track in Ninth Grade and Beyond: Baltimore’s Ninth Graders in 2007-08.” Focusing on a recent Baltimore City ninth grade cohort, the report examines the behavioral factors identified in previous research as key predictors of high school graduation, particularly […]

The Challenge of On-Time Arrival: The Seven-Year Flight Paths of Baltimore’s Sixth Graders of 1999-2000
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The Challenge of On-Time Arrival: The Seven-Year Flight Paths of Baltimore’s Sixth Graders of 1999-2000

By: Martha Abele Mac Iver, Stephen B. Plank, Rachel E. Durham, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple Published: May 13, 2008 “The Challenge of On-Time Arrival: The Seven-Year Flight Paths of Baltimore’s Sixth Graders of 1999-2000” a study that retrospectively followed a cohort of students forward from sixth grade to several years past their on-time high school graduation year. It identified characteristics of middle […]

First Grade and Forward
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First Grade and Forward

By: Stephen B. Plank, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Rachel E. Durham, and Obed Norman Published: May 13, 2008 “First Grade and Forward” study analyzed a cohort of students who entered first grade in 1999 through their expected (on-time) seventh-grade year to track patterns of promotion and retention, attendance, mobility within City Schools, and transfer out of City Schools. […]