ERIC Number: ED457310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Accountability: Turning around Low-Performing Schools. Achieve Policy Brief, Issue Number Four.
Rothman, Robert, Ed.
This report discusses challenges states face in working to increase the pace of reforms in standards, testing, and accountability and to ensure that tests are aligned with state standards and provide coherent information about student performance. It emphasizes challenges in turning around low-performing schools, including clearly identifying such schools, providing appropriate assistance, and taking tough action when schools persistently fail to improve, thus keeping students from languishing in these schools. The report defines low performing schools, explaining the information necessary to determine whether schools are failing (meeting absolute targets, growing over time, closing the gaps, and putting it together). An explanation of labels given to low-performing schools follows. Discussions include strategies for stepping in and taking over (e.g., bringing state and local resources to help schools turn themselves around), the application of sanctions when intervention does not create improvement and the development of a cadre of leaders to help ensure that schools do not reach the point of needing intensive intervention. An insert presents strategies for sustaining momentum in standards and accountability, noting such challenges to momentum as teacher quality, student support, test quality, accountability, and public engagement. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Achievement, State Standards, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.