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ERIC Number: ED511869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Stuck Schools: A Framework for Identifying Schools where Students Need Change--Now! K-12 Policy
Ushomirsky, Natasha; Hall, Daria
Education Trust
With the focus of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on struggling schools and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) on the horizon, now is the time to have an honest conversation about what people know--and don't know--about school-level trends. To spur this conversation and to help state and local leaders think about how to look at their own data, The Education Trust will publish a series of papers that analyze school performance and improvement. In this paper, the first in the series, the authors look at trends in overall performance and improvement over time. They examine data from two of the ten states they looked at to explore the following questions: What did performance look like several years ago? How big were the annual gains at high-improving schools? How about at low-improving ones? Among the lowest performing schools, how many remained stuck, how many made extraordinary gains, and how many fell somewhere in between? The authors find that some schools that started out low-performing are making substantial progress. Their gains aren't always consistent from year to year, but proficiency rates at these schools are clearly and substantially improving. Most of these schools still aren't performing as well as they should, but students and educators would benefit if state and district leaders figured out what these schools are doing right and scaled up practices that are likely to lead to meaningful gains in learning. Two appendices are included. (Contains 40 figures, 4 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Maryland
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act