ERIC Number: EJ895683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-11
Reference Count: N/A
Turnaround Team Racing Summer's Clock
Maxwell, Lesli A.
Education Week, v29 n37 p1, 24-25 Aug 2010
A few weeks before a new team of teachers was to report to the former Shawnee High School in Louisville, Kentucky, Principal Keith Look discovered the master schedule for the 2010-11 school year to be in total disarray. More than 100 Shawnee students--all of them juniors and seniors--had been enrolled in classes with no connection to the credits they needed to stay on course to graduate on time. Mr. Look and a team of three others spent nearly two weeks rewriting the schedule from scratch, scrutinizing, transcript by transcript, every 11th and 12th grader's record to make sure the students were placed in the right courses. But even with corrected schedules, Mr. Look realizes, those students still may not graduate on time, putting them at a risk for dropping out. Since late spring, Mr. Look has been overseeing a dramatic shakeup at Shawnee--now known as the Academy @ Shawnee--that is meant to turn around years of anemic academic achievement at the school and help fulfill U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's $3.5 billion mandate to fix the nation's most chronically underperforming schools over the next three years. If Mr. Look does not produce improved academic results in the school year that commences Aug. 17, he will lose his job at Shawnee. The author reports on how Mr. Look and Kentucky school's staff members gird for high-stakes changes come fall.
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Achievement, School Schedules, Student Records, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Principals, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky