Turning around chronically low-performing schools
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Rebecca Herman, Priscilla Dawson

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Rebecca Herman, Priscilla Dawson

Published by:
The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences

Date of publication:
May 2008

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Outlining evidence based practices and offering guidance on the improving the performance of low-performing schools


Record ID:
R438 / 530

Research Content:

This paper outlines the means and methods of creating what it describes as 'turnaround schools' - schools whose chronic poor performance has been drastically improved. It outlines four key, interlinked methods to implement yearly progress: pointing out the urgency of the required drastic change; consistently focussing on improving instruction; provide 'quick wins' in the form of palpable improvements early on in the turnaround process; and building a committed workforce. The guide also provides a checklist to show how to carry out each recommendation, and uses case studies to demonstrate how the recommended practices have worked in other schools undergoing the 'turnaround process'. 

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