Gatesifying Austin schools
Austin's NPR station broadcasted a brief story on it Friday. They mention in the story that math scores at the so-called Gates schools are flat, while reading scores are up slightly. What they don't mention is what effect, if any, the redesign process is having on holding power, or the ability of the schools to keep kids from dropping out. I haven't seen any data (I'd be appreciative if anyone who has would post a link in the comments) but my guess is that retention rates go up when the schools are smaller. Math and reading scores aside, that would be a supremely important accomplishment.
I'll be watching the Gatesifying of Austin schools closely.