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School Turnaround

To ensure the success of all students, improving low-performing schools is critically important. The NWCC provides technical assistance to build Northwest states’ capacity to support their districts and schools in turning around their lowest performing schools.

The following resources related to this priority area have been compiled by NWCC staff.

Resources

Stated Briefly: Reshaping rural schools in the Northwest Region: Lessons from federal School Improvement Grant implementation


REL Northwest released a report as a companion piece that summarizes the results of another report of the same name. This study examines implementation of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) transformation model in rural regions, exploring challenges in implementation and technical assistance to...

State Policies for Intervening in Chronically Low-Performing Schools: A 50-State Scan


REL Central released a report summarizing current policies in all 50 states related to state interventions in chronically low-performing schools. The policies describe the types of interventions that states are legally authorized to implement; however, states likely vary in the extent to which they...

Reshaping Rural Schools in the Northwest Region


Lessons from Federal School Improvement Grant Implementation REL Northwest released a study examining implementation of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) transformation model in rural regions, exploring challenges in implementation and technical assistance to support these efforts. Leaders...

Using Federal Education Formula Funds for School Turnaround Initiatives: Opportunities for State Education Agencies


The Center on School Turnaround released a handbook that addresses how U.S. Department of Education (ED) formula grants, such as Title I, Title II, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), can be used to support school turnaround efforts. ED formula grants often are overlooked as...

“What it Takes” for a Turnaround: Principal Competencies that Matter for Student Achievement


The Center for School Turnaround (CST) released a guide discussing the behavioral event interview (BEI) and turnaround leader competencies. CST explains how each of these can support the turnaround endeavor. A BEI is a particular type of interview that allows candidates’ suitability for a position...

Snapshots of School Turnaround: How Three Schools Used School Improvement Grants to Improve Student Learning Outcomes


The Center on School Turnaround (CST) released a report profiling three schools that received Cohort 1 SIG funding in the 2009–10 school year. Each of these schools increased student outcomes by the end of the third year of its SIG funding. This document highlights findings from these successful...

State Capacity to Support School Turnaround


The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) released a brief documenting states' capacity to support school turnaround as of spring 2012 and spring 2013. It examines capacity issues for all states and for those that reported both prioritizing turnaround and having...

School Improvement Grants: Guidance and Tools for the 2015 Amended Regulations: Maximizing the Optional Planning/Pre-Implementation Year


The Center on School Turnaround released a guide providing states, districts, and schools with information and support to prepare applications for 2015–2016 School Improvement Grants (SIGs). The guide includes tools, checklists, and templates aligned with the revised SIG requirements, primarily...

Incorporating Early Learning Strategies in the School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program: How Three Schools Integrated Early Childhood Strategies into School Turnaround Efforts to Improve Instruction for All Students


The Center on School Turnaround (CST) and the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) released a publication focusing on case studies of three schools that have used School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds, with the support of their districts, to implement early learning strategies as...

Changing the Metrics of Turnaround to Encourage Early Learning Strategies


The Ounce of Prevention Fund released a report outlining that current metrics used in School Improvement Grants effectively eliminate the viability of early learning as a potential long-term improvement strategy. The report states that the federal government and states should rethink their metrics...

District Readiness to Support School Turnaround


The Center on School Turnaround released a guide providing state education agencies (SEAs) and districts (LEAs) with guidance about how to assess a district’s readiness to support school turnaround initiatives. Often, school turnaround efforts focus only on the school’s structure and leadership....

Case Studies of Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants: Findings After the First Year of Implementation


The Institute of Education Sciences released a report examining the improvement process in a purposive sample of 35 case study schools receiving federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) over a three-year period (2010–11 to 2012–13 school years). Using site visits, teacher surveys, and fiscal data,...

A Focused Look at Rural Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants


The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released an evaluation brief focusing on nine School Improvement Grants (SIG) schools that were in rural areas and how respondents in these schools perceived their rural context to influence specific turnaround activities. Key findings that emerged from the...

Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround


The Reform Support Network (RSN) released a report examining community engagement as a strategy for making school turnaround more effective. The purpose of community engagement is to ensure that school improvement is done with the community, not to the community. It recognizes how integral schools...

Setting the Bar for School Turnaround: How Ambitious, Public Goals Can Drive School Turnaround


Mass Insight released a report outlining how state education agencies (SEAs) can pull a powerful lever for school turnaround by setting goals publicly and releasing reports on progress toward those goals at turnaround schools to build public support for turnaround efforts. Creating these reports...

Operational Authority, Support, and Monitoring of School Turnaround


The Institute of Education Sciences released a brief focusing on the implementation of SIG by examining three interrelated levers for school improvement: (1) school operational authority, (2) state and district support for turnaround, and (3) state monitoring of turnaround efforts. SIG principles...

The State Role in School Turnaround: Emerging Best Practices


The Center on School Turnaround released a publication examining the role of the state education agency in school turnaround efforts. An emphasis is placed on practical application of research and best practice related to the State Education Agency’s (SEA’s) critical leadership role in driving and...

Summary of States’ Strategies for ESEA Priority Schools


The Building State Capacity and Productivity Center released a report addressing how states identify Priority schools, what supports are provided, and criteria for exiting Priority status. It addresses the questions: How are ESEA Priority schools identified? What support does the state provide for...

The Capacity Challenge: What It Takes for State Education Agencies to Support School Improvement


The Center on Reinventing Public Education released a report highlighting what SEAs are doing to meet new and existing obligations. Researchers conducted interviews with state chiefs and analyzed agency initiatives and budgets in 10 states with varied approaches to school and district improvement....

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...