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Lane, Brett; Souvanna, Phomdaen – Mass Insight Education, 2014
This College Success Research Brief is one of a series of briefs documenting the implementation and impact of Mass Insight's College Success/STEM program. The research briefs are intended to share key findings, highlight ongoing questions and lines of inquiry, and inform the thinking of practitioners and policymakers on how to scale up efforts to…
Descriptors: Success, STEM Education, Program Effectiveness, College Readiness
Anderson, Charis – Mass Insight Education, 2014
The Indiana State Board of Education (ISBE) has not been shy about exercising its authority to intervene in chronically underperforming schools. Under the state's Public Law 221, the Indiana Board can mandate specific interventions for any school that has received six consecutive failing grades under the state's accountability system--up to a…
Descriptors: State Boards of Education, State Legislation, Failure, Intervention
Mass Insight Education, 2013
There is no shortage of ideas for improving urban schools: higher standards; aligned assessments and curriculum; better teacher evaluation and support; more and better parent choices; blended learning; and so on. What's missing is any recognition of the importance of district systems in promoting and sustaining improvement as leaders come and go.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Restructuring, Educational Change, School Districts
Mass Insight Education, 2013
Twenty years ago, Massachusetts enacted its landmark Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA), which put the state at the forefront of the nation's move toward standards-based education. The Act kicked off two decades of reform that have built one of the best educational systems in the country; the state's students, on the whole, have achieved…
Descriptors: Educational Change, State Standards, Educational Practices, Educational Policy
Kim, Ji Hea Jay – Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2012
Help Wanted: Innovative, strategic-thinking entrepreneurs to turn around groups of low-performing schools. Competitive benefits, including working in newly formed operating units with charter-like autonomy, access to district's back-office resources and buildings, $3.5 billion federal money, and opportunity to transform schools for hundreds of…
Descriptors: Integrated Services, Educational Change, Employment Opportunities, Expertise
Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2011
Organized by the key conditions areas for turnaround, "People, Program, Time and Money," this tool offers sample language for each contract element to serve as a model for modifications from a traditional CBA that may support a district's turnaround efforts. Sample language is offered from existing provisions in district-wide collective bargaining…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Contracts, Collective Bargaining, Leadership
Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2011
The District Self-Assessment Tool is designed to support districts, unions and Lead Partners, when analyzing their existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the intention of making targeted modifications to support the implementation of dramatic reform in the district's lowest-performing schools. By outlining objectives and suggested…
Descriptors: Unions, Collective Bargaining, School Turnaround, Low Achievement
Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2011
To receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding, districts must submit an application to the state that outlines their strategic plan to implement one of four intervention models in their persistently lowest-achieving schools. The four intervention models include: (1) School Closure; (2) Restart; (3) Turnaround; and (4) Transformation. The…
Descriptors: Intervention, Unions, Collective Bargaining, School Closing
Weinberg, Rebecca – Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2011
Dramatically improving student achievement in a school that has been failing for many years requires dramatically different conditions. Only the most effective teachers and leaders should be in the building, and the leadership must have the flexibility to respond strategically to the needs of the students, with regular input from teachers.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Accountability, Organizations (Groups)
Shea, Jennifer; Liu, Meredith – Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2010
Last year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan set forth an ambitious goal for the country--turn around 1,000 of chronically failing schools per year over the next five years. To support this effort, the federal government has put up billions of dollars in funding, mostly in the form of Title I School Improvement Grants (SIG). SIG, both in the…
Descriptors: Low Achievement, Grants, Educational Change, Federal Government
Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2009
Most public schools are funded through a combination of local, state, and federal sources. Each funding stream is often accompanied by a host of regulations on how schools and districts can use the funds. Often such regulations can be highly restrictive, limiting the ability of schools to align their budgets with their instructional programs.…
Descriptors: School Districts, Financial Support, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2009
Given the importance of good teaching and leadership for school success, turnaround schools should think carefully about how to structure professional environments that reward and motivate excellence. A system of "Pay-for-Contribution" that includes tools such as hard-to-staff and skill shortage pay, performance pay, and/or retention…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Merit Pay, School Turnaround, Disadvantaged Schools
Candal, Cara Stillings – Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2009
Massachusetts has reason to be proud of its record since landmark education reform legislation was passed in 1993. The state scores first in the nation in 4th and 8th grade English and math on NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), the "Nation's Report Card." On international assessments, Massachusetts students lead their…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Academic Achievement, National Competency Tests, Minority Groups
Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2009
State governments wield significant authority in the management of public schools. As a nexus for federal funding, state funding, and regulatory authority, states have both the legal and financial power to help drive school change. The "No Child Left Behind Act" has required each state to create a system of standards-based assessment and…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Educational Finance, Accountability, Incentives
Calkins, Andrew; Guenther, William; Belfiore, Grace; Lash, Dave – Mass Insight Education (NJ1), 2007
Despite steadily increasing urgency about the nation's lowest-performing schools--those in the bottom five percent--efforts to turn these schools around have largely failed. Marginal change has led to marginal (or no) improvement. These schools, the systems supporting them, and the management of the change process require fundamental rethinking,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Partnerships in Education, Educational Improvement, Accountability
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