ERIC Number: ED478248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Mandate To Help Low-Performing Schools. ERIC Digest.
Turning around a low-performing school is a complex process in which cause-effect relationships are difficult to isolate. But recent interest in helping low-performing schools--spurred on by the reforms mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act--has generated some useful research and thoughtful analysis. This digest explores some of the key insights from that literature. The digest first discusses how low-performing schools are defined: recently by failure to achieve state-mandated accountability targets, particularly test scores. Next it discusses why schools perform poorly, focusing on three prominent matters: demographics, insufficient resources, and ineffective school practices. The next section of the digest discuses sanctions and their effects on low-performing schools. This is followed by discussion of how external assistance, from the state or district, can help low-performing schools, noting three promising practices: (1) providing technical assistance; (2) aligning policies and practices with academic goals; and (3) allocating resources to support achievement. Finally the Digest discusses the principal's role in turning around a school's overall performance. (Contains 12 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Low Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Performance, Public Schools, Sanctions, School Effectiveness, School Policy, School Restructuring, School Role, Standards
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001