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    Mapping Success

    Performance-Based Scholarships, Student Services, and Developmental Math at Hillsborough Community College

    This program provides an incentive for developmental math students to take their math courses early and consecutively, get help in an on-campus Math Lab, and strive for passing grades or better, in exchange for a modest performance-based scholarship. Compared with standard services, the program's effects are modest but positive.

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    Headed to College

    The Effects of New York City’s Small High Schools of Choice on Postsecondary Enrollment

    New data from a rigorous study confirm that New York City’s small public high schools, which have nonselective admissions and serve many disadvantaged students, increase rates of graduation and college attendance for a wide range of groups, including students of color.

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    GED 21st Century Learning Pathways Pilots

    Final Report

    This report discusses a pilot project to prepare adult education students in New York City for the new more rigorous GED exam. Revised writing and math curricula were offered to thousands of students, but attendance was erratic. Shorter lesson sequences and support outside the classroom might allow more students to benefit.

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