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Student-Centered Schools Study

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This educator’s tool is derived from the Student-Centered Schools: Closing the Opportunity Gap research study conducted by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). The Student-Centered Schools Study—funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation—focuses on four California high schools using student-centered practices to narrow the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color. 

The study was conducted from 2012 to 2014 of four California schools. Four case studies, a research brief, a cross-case analysis, and policy brief were produced from this study in addition to this educator’s tool. The research included: intensive site visits to each school; surveys of teachers, students, and graduates; tracking of college persistence rates; and analysis of student academic performance from each of the schools in comparison to that of similar students in the same communities.

The four studied schools are part of either the Linked Learning Initiative or Envision Education model. Linked Learning, a statewide initiative, integrates rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences. Envision Education is a small charter network that creates personalized learning environments for students to develop 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.