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Turnaround Schools in California: Who Are They and What Strategies Do They Use?

AIR released a report for the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, attempting to define turnaround schools in California; both what constitutes low-performing or failing schools and what constitutes turnaround or success for these schools. The study specifies the criteria used for identifying and selecting turnaround schools and then provides summaries of the strategies that a sample of principals from these schools reported as essential to their schools' improved outcomes. The study applied these criteria to all California schools using data from a seven-year period to identify these schools and then interviewed the selected schools' principals to identify the strategies they believed were responsible for their turnaround success.