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State-Initiated School Turnaround Strategies: Leveraging the State Education Agency to Drive Meaningful Change

The Center on School Turnaround released a monograph presenting findings from an analysis that examined eight states’ approaches to initiating a turnaround model and identified lessons learned to inform future practice for the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) and for the field. While this analysis focuses on states that directly collaborated with the PLE, the emerging lessons have implications for any state interested in more proactively implementing and supporting targeted school turnaround efforts. As SEAs assume a more significant role in school reform under initiatives such as the federal Race to the Top, the School Improvement Grant program, and Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waivers, findings from these states’ turnaround work can hone the efficacy of future efforts

November 2013