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ERIC Number: ED537058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 85
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Evidence Based Education Request Desk. EBE #591C
Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast
School improvement and reform has again taken center stage both among educators and the public due in no small part to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's call for turning around 5,000 of the lowest performing schools, coupled with a budget of approximately $4 billion dollars in competitive grant funding to address those needs. A recent survey of the research on school reform and turnaround efforts found that many scholars feel "rigorous research" to be "a scarce commodity" in this arena (Herman et al., 2008; Viadero, 2009, p. 10). Several researchers interviewed for the survey contend that there is a lack of both turnarounds and research about successful turnaround efforts in education. This Evidence Based Education (EBE) Request seeks to provide an overview of recent research regarding school improvement and reform with special concentration on turning around chronically low-performing schools. The response is divided into four main sections: Research on Effective Methods for Turning Around Low-Performing Schools, Frameworks for School Improvement and Turnaround, Additional Resources, and Bibliography and References. (Contains 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast. Available from: SERVE Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 5900 Summit Avenue Suite 201, Browns Summit, NC 27214. Tel: 800-755-3277; Tel: 336-315-7400; Fax: 336-315-7457; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (ED)