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Smarick, Andy – Education Next, 2010
For as long as there have been struggling schools in America's cities, there have been efforts to turn them around. But overall, school turnaround efforts have consistently fallen far short of hopes and expectations. Quite simply, turnarounds are not a scalable strategy for fixing America's troubled urban school systems. Fortunately, findings from…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Change, Public Education, Educational Improvement
Cronin, John; Dahlin, Michael; Xiang, Yun; McCahon, Donna – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2009
The intent of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 is to hold schools accountable for ensuring that all their students achieve mastery in reading and math, with a particular focus on groups that have traditionally been left behind. Under NCLB, states have leeway to: (1) Craft their own academic standards, select their own tests, and define…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Educational Indicators, Federal Programs
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
A Washington research group is raising questions about the wisdom of the U.S. Department of Education's favored strategies for turning around the lowest-performing schools with stimulus funding, saying that its research shows that similar federal approaches to school restructuring have not been effective. The questions raised by the new study were…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement