Creating and Scaling Innovative School Models Through Strategic Partnerships

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  • The Texas High School Project (THSP) was created in 2003 as a public-private alliance to support education reform across the state.
  • This article focuses on the pivotal role of philanthropy within the THSP alliance to create early college high schools (ECHS).
  • The model has been scaled at different levels to produce direct, affordable pathways for students to both attend college and attain skilled careers.
  • The ECHS schools have higher test scores, greater credits earned, and reduced dropouts rates compared to traditional schools.
  • Foundations with a track record for supporting successful work can increase the overall commitment to joint projects and attract additional members and support to an alliance.
  • Lessons for successful partnerships include investing in time together, managing the partnership through one organization, and using data for decision-making.

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2011


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