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ERIC Number: ED501241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools. IES Practice Guide. NCEE 2008-4020
Herman, Rebecca; Dawson, Priscilla; Dee, Thomas; Greene, Jay; Maynard, Rebecca; Redding, Sam; Darwin, Marlene
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
This guide identifies practices that can improve the performance of chronically low-performing schools--a process commonly referred to as creating "turnaround schools." The four recommendations in this guide work together to help failing schools make adequate yearly progress. These recommendations are: (1) signal the need for dramatic change with strong leadership; (2) maintain a consistent focus on improving instruction; (3) provide visible improvements early in the turnaround process (quick wins); and (4) build a committed staff. The guide includes a checklist showing how each recommendation can be carried out. It uses examples from case studies which illustrate practices noted by schools as having had a positive impact on the school turnaround. The following are appended: (1) Postscript from the Institute of Education Sciences; (2) About the authors; (3) Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest; and (4) Technical information on the studies. (Contains 2 tables.) [This report was produced by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences.]
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes
IES Cited: ED530569; EJ663875; EJ631443; EJ782603; ED496084; ED537969; ED537968; EJ667228; ED438362; EJ684194; ED342085; ED387925; ED476107; ED476108; ED114986; ED558161; ED565615; ED554442