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ERIC Number: ED566391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Windows of National Opportunity: An Excerpt from the Center on School Turnaround's Report on State Supports for Turnaround
Scott, Caitlin; Lasley, Nora
Education Northwest
In 2014, state and national leaders found many aspects of turning around America's low-performing schools even more daunting than in the previous year. These views were revealed in the Center on School Turnaround's (CST's) 2014 February/March survey of school turnaround leaders in State Education Agencies (SEA) and directors of the nation's technical assistance Comprehensive Centers (CCs). The federal government has defined several principles for supporting school turnaround; but several years into implementation, the survey still showed that states needed to increase their supports. This document is an excerpt of an annual CST report by their external evaluator, Education Northwest. To conduct the survey, the CST provided Education Northwest with a list of SEA contacts and CC contacts. Ultimately, the sample included responses from at least one contact in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and at least one contact in each CC, although not all SEA and CC leaders contacted responded. Therefore, 100 percent of states and 100 percent of CC are represented. For items about school turnaround needs, practices, and policies, the analysis was limited to a single representative (i.e. average) response for each SEA and each CC, so that the survey would provide a national view with each state and region represented equally, regardless of the number of participants who responded to the survey. The CST focuses on 14 areas of school turnaround that CST leaders identified through research reviews and practical experience as important to successful implementation. The survey showed that SEAs and CCs believe their states need assistance in almost all of these areas. The highest need related to building capacity at all levels of the turnaround effort. Almost all (80 percent or more) SEAs and CCs reported their states needed assistance in these focus areas. In only one area, promoting cooperative labor-management relations, did less than 50 percent of SEAs and CCs agree their states needed assistance. This finding was similar to findings in 2013.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Northwest; Center on School Turnaround at WestEd
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa; District of Columbia; United States; Virgin Islands
IES Cited: ED565803