ERIC Number: EJ1019882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
A Nostrum of School Reform? Turning around Reconstituted Urban Texas High Schools
Hamilton, Madlene P.; Heilig, Julian Vasquez; Pazey, Barbara L.
Urban Education, v49 n2 p182-215 Mar 2014
A mainstay in NCLB and the Obama administration education plan is turning around low-performing schools. This study utilized surveys and interviews with school leaders from four turnaround urban high schools in Texas to understand student outcomes before and after school restructuring and reconstitution. Although some organizational changes were apparent; overall, respondents cited rapidly changing technical strategies and haphazard adjustments from external sources as a great challenge. Reconstitution also magnified challenges that existed before and after restructuring efforts. Most importantly, the evidence suggests that school reconstitution did not immediately improve student achievement, impact grade retention and decrease student dropout in the study schools.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Turnaround, Educational Change, School Restructuring, School Surveys, Interviews, Effective Schools Research, Dropout Rate, Minority Group Students, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Environment, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Finance, School Support, Teaching Experience, Accountability, Graduation Rate, Federal Legislation, Educational Indicators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top