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ERIC Number: ED538309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Turnaround Challenge: Why America's Best Opportunity to Dramatically Improve Student Achievement Lies in Our Worst-Performing Schools. Executive Summary
Calkins, Andrew; Guenther, William; Belfiore, Grace; Lash, Dave
Mass Insight Education (NJ1)
Despite steadily increasing urgency about the nation's lowest-performing schools--those in the bottom five percent--efforts to turn these schools around have largely failed. Marginal change has led to marginal (or no) improvement. These schools, the systems supporting them, and the management of the change process require fundamental rethinking, not incremental change. These schools fail because the challenges they face are substantial; because they themselves are dysfunctional; and because the system of which they are a part is not responsive to the needs of the high-poverty student populations they tend to serve. Effective turnaround at scale calls for bold, comprehensive action from the state, working together with districts and outside partners. Research suggests that a coherent, comprehensive state turnaround initiative would incorporate three key elements: Changing Conditions, Building Capacity, and Clustering for Support. This Executive Summary provides an overview of "The Turnaround Challenge," a much larger report produced by the Boston-based Mass Insight Education & Research Institute, in conjunction with a broad range of national partners. [For the full report, "The Turnaround Challenge: Why America's Best Opportunity to Dramatically Improve Student Achievement Lies in Our Worst-Performing Schools," see ED538298. For "The Turnaround Challenge: Why America's Best Opportunity to Dramatically Improve Student Achievement Lies in Our Worst-Performing Schools. Supplement to the Main Report," see ED538300.]
Mass Insight Education. 18 Tremont Street Suite 1010, Boston, MA 02108. Tel: 617-778-1500; Fax: 617-778-1505; e-mail: insight@massinsight.org; Web site: http://www.massinsight.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Mass Insight Education