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Closing the Opportunity Gap: How Positive Outlier Districts in California Are Pursuing Equitable Access to Deeper Learning

Positive Outliers Series

Dion Burns, Linda Darling-Hammond, Caitlin Scott, Taylor Allbright, Desiree Carver-Thomas, Eupha Jeanne Daramola, Jane L. David, Laura E. Hernández, Kate E. Kennedy, Julie A. Marsh, Crystal A. Moore, Anne Podolsky, Patrick M. Shields, and Joan Talbert
September 2019 | Learning Policy Institute

This report from the Learning Policy Institute is a cross-case analysis of seven school districts sampled from among more than a hundred California school districts in which students across racial/ethnic groups are outperforming similar students in other districts. Analysis of district strategies in these seven “positive outlier” districts that vary by demographics and geography revealed several commonalities which are discussed in the report.

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