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ERIC Number: EJ975124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-18
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Turnaround Momentum Still Fragile
Klein, Alyson
Education Week, v31 n28 p1, 18-21 Apr 2012
The federal program providing billions of dollars to help states and districts close or remake some of their worst-performing schools remains a work in progress after two years, with more than 1,200 turnaround efforts under way but still no definitive verdict on its effectiveness. The School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, supercharged by a windfall of $3 billion under the federal economic-stimulus package in 2009, has jump-started aggressive moves by states and districts. To get their share of the SIG money, they had to quickly identify some of their most academically troubled schools, craft new teacher-evaluation systems, and carve out more time for instruction, among other steps. Some schools and districts spent millions of dollars on outside experts and consultants. Others went through the politically ticklish process of replacing teachers and principals, while combating community skepticism and meeting the demands of district and state overseers. It's not at all clear if the federal prescription can cure the most ailing schools and lead to long-term improvements, but preliminary student-achievement data for the program offer some promise. The U.S. Department of Education looked at about 700 of the schools in their second year of the program and found that a quarter of them posted double-digit gains in math during the 2010-2011 school year. Another 20 percent showed similar progress in reading. But a report last week by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, found that a number of states renewed grants for schools that did not meet annual goals and said states need more Education Department guidance in making those decisions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009; Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001