Case Studies of Schools of Promise

The Ohio Department of Education launched the State Superintendent’s Schools of Promise initiative in 2003 in response to the fifth recommendation in the 2003 Report of the State Board of Education’s Closing Achievement Gaps Task Force — build upon the successes of Ohio schools that are closing achievement gaps and generating high achievement for all students.

The task force’s recommendation is further defined as:

  1. Gather information about how these successful schools have addressed critical issues, such as leadership, teacher effectiveness, professional development, parent/community involvement, student behavior, facilities and the coordination of community resources; and
  2. Provide other Ohio schools opportunities to learn about the successful programs, practices and policies that helped these high-performing schools boost the achievement of all students.

In spring 2003, Ohio Department of Education staff visited several 2001-2002 Schools of Promise awardees to interview staff, students and parents. While exploring the practices in these schools, the Department found their success to be due in large part to the following five themes: instituting strong instructional leadership, establishing a school culture that values individual students, designing instruction to ensure student success, providing rigorous instruction aligned with the standards, and engaging parents and the community to support student success.

The framework is designed to facilitate a better understanding of research-proven practice and how it has led to improved student learning. Also identified were Essential Elements for Success, specific practices commonly in place in highly successful schools.

Completed Case Study Research on Ohio Schools of Promise

Since the initial site visits and literature reviews, the Ohio Department of Education has sponsored case study research on the effective instructional practices and cultural qualities of Schools of Promise. These case studies serve as a resource for educators and administrators who are interested in improving student achievement for all populations of students in their schools.

  • Summary of all five case studies.

The findings from this research support and provide greater insight into the Five Lessons Learned from Successful Schools.

Schools of Promise Successful in Reading/Language Arts

This study examines the effective instructional practices of eight Schools of Promise identified in 2003-2004 because of their high performance in reading or language arts. Data were collected during the 2004-2005 school year.

  • Executive Summary of Successful Reading/Language Arts
  • Cross-Case Analysis of Successful Reading/Language Arts [This document reflects on the similarities and differences among the eight schools studied.]

Individual Cases

  • Alliance High School (Alliance City) - Executive Summary
  • Bucyrus High School (Bucyrus City) - Executive Summary
  • Dawson-Bryant High School (Dawson-Bryant Local) - Executive Summary
  • Essex Elementary School (Akron City) - Executive Summary
  • Jackson Elementary School (Jackson City) - Executive Summary
  • Kyle Elementary School (Troy City) - Executive Summary
  • New Lexington High School (New Lexington City) - Executive Summary
  • William C. Bryant Elementary School (Cleveland City) - Executive Summary

Schools of Promise for Students with Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Education gave special recognition to 2003-2004 Schools of Promise that had at least 75 percent of their students with disabilities demonstrate proficiency in reading, mathematics, or both. This study examines the effective practices and the kind of support school staff found useful in improving the performance of at-risk students, including those with disabilities. Data were collected during the 2004-2005 school year.

  • Executive Summary of Schools of Promise for Students With Disabilities
  • Cross-Case Analysis of Schools of Promise for Students With Disabilities [This document reflects on the similarities and differences between the 18 schools studied. Thirteen of the 18 were Schools of Promise; the other five were Non-Schools of Promise.]

Individual Cases

  • Berwick Alternative Elementary School (Columbus City)
  • Burlington Elementary School (South Point Local)
  • Central Community Elementary School (Reading Community City)
  • Cleveland Elementary School (Hamilton City)
  • Douglas MacArthur Elementary School (Cleveland City)
  • Genoa Elementary School (Perry Local)
  • Harding Middle School (Steubenville City)
  • Laird Avenue Elementary School (Warren City)
  • Lincoln Elementary School (Tiffin City)
  • Park Layne Elementary School (Tecumseh Local)
  • Port Washington Elementary (Indian Valley Local)
  • Roosevelt Elementary School (Steubenville City)
  • South Point Elementary School (South Point Local)

Rural Schools of Promise Successful in Mathematics

This study describes the school improvement activities taking place in six rural Schools of Promise identified in 2003-2004 because of their high performance in mathematics; and compares their activities to those taking place in two comparison schools with similar demographics but less notable performance in mathematics. Data were collected during the 2004-2005 school year.

  • Executive Summary of Rural Schools of Promise
  • Cross-Case Analysis of Rural Schools of Promise [This document reflects on the similarities and differences between the six Schools of Promise and the two comparison schools (Non-Schools of Promise) studied.]

Individual Cases

  • Felicity-Franklin Elementary School (Felicity-Franklin Local) - Executive Summary
  • Felicity-Franklin Middle School (Felicity-Franklin Local) - Executive Summary
  • Felicity-Franklin High School (Felicity-Franklin Local) - Executive Summary
  • Fredericksburg Elementary School (Southeast Local - Wayne County) - Executive Summary
  • Peebles High School (Adams County/Ohio Valley Local) - Executive Summary
  • Western High School (Western Local in Pike County) - Executive Summary

Teacher Effectiveness in Schools of Promise

This case study examines teacher effectiveness in eight Schools of Promise identified in the 2004-2005 school year. The study focuses on teacher quality and the role that teachers play in these high-performing schools. Data were collected during the 2005-2006 school year. Eight Schools of Promise were selected from a cross-selection that considered high student poverty, high and low percentages of minority students, and the number of years that the school has been recognized as a School of Promise.

  • Executive Summary of Teacher Effectiveness in Schools of Promise
  • Cross-Case Analysis of Teacher Effectiveness in Schools of Promise

Individual Cases

  • Brickell Elementary School (Defiance City) - Executive Summary
  • Centennial High School (Columbus City) - Executive Summary
  • Conrad Elementary School (Newark City) - Executive Summary
  • Maple Leaf Intermediate School (Garfield Heights City) - Executive Summary
  • Meigs High School (Meigs Local) - Executive Summary
  • Noble Elementary School (Tiffin City) - Executive Summary
  • Struthers High School (Struthers City) - Executive Summary
  • Withrow University High School (Cincinnati City) - Executive Summary

Effective Practices in Urban Schools of Promise

This case study focuses on the effective practices in six urban Schools of Promise identified in the 2004-2005 school year. As part of this study, the researcher piloted the Schools of Promise Implementation Inventory which is expected to help schools carefully and meaningfully document the practices that have let to successful student achievement. The instrument is built around the Framework of Practice; therefore, the six Schools of Promise under study compared their practices against research-based practices used in other high performing schools. Data were collected during the 2005-2006 school year.

  • Executive Summary of Urban Schools of Promise
  • Cross-Case Analysis of Urban Schools of Promise

Individual Cases

  • Central Community Elementary School (Reading Community) - Executive Summary
  • Columbus Alternative High School (Columbus City) - Executive Summary
  • Eastmoor Academy High School (Columbus City) - Executive Summary
  • Memorial Elementary School (Cleveland City) - Executive Summary
  • Memorial High School (Campbell City) - Executive Summary
  • Walker Elementary School (Canton Local) - Executive Summary

Case Studies of Schools of Promise Documents

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