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How Secondary Schools Contribute to Academic Success


by Fred M. Newmann — 1998

Success in schooling has profound effects on adolescents' life outcomes. Almost all adolescents complete secondary school, but their academic achievement varies enormously, partly because some schools are more effective than others. A diverse body of research can be synthesized into a general model of factors within and beyond schools that produce academic achievement. After explaining how schools produce academic achievement, I describe cultural constraints that limit the application of this research to make schools more effective.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 97, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 5, 1998, p. 88-108
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18719, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:50:55 PM

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  • Fred Newmann
    University of Wisconsin—Madison
    FRED M. NEWMANN is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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