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Bojorquez, Hector – Intercultural Development Research Association, 2014
Intercultural Development Research Association's latest high school attrition study shows that Texas high schools lose one out of every four students before they graduate. Since 1986, schools in Texas have lost a total of more than 3.3 million students. Despite small improvements over the last several years, at the current pace, universal high…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Student Attrition, School Districts, Case Studies
WestEd, 2014
Amargosa Valley School in Nevada could be considered representative of almost any preK-8 school that serves a large proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged students and is focused on turning around persistently low achievement. Like other schools supported by federal School Improvement Grants, Amargosa is beginning to implement a reform plan…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Rural Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Low Achievement
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Gakure, Roselyn W.; Mukuria, Patrick; Kithae, Peter Paul – Educational Research and Reviews, 2013
Recently, the Kenyan government reaffirmed its commitment to enabling majority of its citizen's access to education through establishment of free primary education program and subsidizing secondary education. However, despite all these efforts, the education sector continues to face myriads of problems, major one being skewed performance in Kenya…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Elementary Schools, School Districts
Acker-Hocevar, Michele A.; Cruz-Janzen, Marta I.; Wilson, Cynthia L. – IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2012
This book chronicles the journey of seven schools serving students of poverty, English Language Learners (ELLs), and students of color, which were able to sustain school improvement for a decade on either state and/or national criteria that measure student performance outcomes. The book shares stories of these seven schools and demonstrates that…
Descriptors: Urban Education, School Effectiveness, School Culture, Low Achievement
Wylie, Cathy – WestEd, 2012
New Zealand (NZ), a small country of 4.3 million people, has a single national education system. Local authorities have no role in education in NZ, nor are there any school districts. There are four national government education agencies: (1) The Ministry of Education (MOE), established under the Education Act of 1989, is responsible for education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Case Studies, Governance
Day, Simon; Hackman, Sue – WestEd, 2012
This case study explores the United Kingdom's (UK's) approach to improving low-performing schools and presents lessons learned that could be applied in other countries. The study: (1) Gives an overview of the overall structure of UK schools; (2) Provides a context for the country's school-improvement efforts; (3) Reviews the different types of…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Educational Change
Kingsley, Judith W. – Pivot Learning Partners, 2011
When Palmdale School District and Pivot Learning Partners entered into their first contract in 2006, neither organization foresaw the magnitude and complexity the relationship would take over time. Pivot Learning Partners (formerly known as Springboard Schools) is a non-profit service provider that first entered the Palmdale School District…
Descriptors: School Districts, Organizational Development, Superintendents, Nonprofit Organizations
Fairchild, Tierney Temple; DeMary, Jo Lynne – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2011
This book provides a valuable balance between what one must know and what one must do to turn around low-performing schools. The 3-E framework simplifies this complex process by focusing resources on the environment, the executive, and the execution of the turnaround plan. Central to each of these components is a spotlight on the values supporting…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Policy, Leadership, Success
Duke, Daniel L.; Jacobson, Martha – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
Case studies of two high schools that have been turned around from failing to successful show different ways in which failing high schools can be made to succeed. Both high schools concentrated on first helping incoming freshman, and both reforms were driven by data. They differed in staffing and the focus of their first year of reform.
Descriptors: High Schools, Case Studies, School Effectiveness, Low Achievement
Ceperley, Patricia E.; Hughes, Georgia K.; Mittapalli, Kavita – Appalachia Educational Laboratory at Edvantia (NJ1), 2005
The purpose of this report is to document the pilot test of the Instruction and Learning Appraisal (ILA) and describe the quality of the ILA process. The ILA process was developed by Edvantia staff who serve as technical assistance providers to schools and districts in the region. Low-performing schools and districts (i.e., those that fail to…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Technical Assistance, Case Studies, Low Achievement