The school turnaround process focuses on rapid and dramatic improvements that result in substantial gains in student achievement in no more than three years. There are four key practices that can help under-performing schools make the drastic shift from low-performing to "turnaround" school: develop improved leadership that signals the need for change, focus on instruction quality throughout the process, earn quick wins by making small but visible improvements, and build a committed staff engaged in the process.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools.

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Engaging Every Staff Member

Engaging Every Staff Member

This interview features the principal of an elementary school who is committed to making sure every staff member is engaged in the school improvement process. The staff at Laura MacArthur,...

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08/01/2014
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A State and District Partnership That Facilitates School Improvement

A State and District Partnership That Facilitates School Improvement

Representatives from both the Florida Department of Education and the Hilllsborough County School District describe how they work together to support Middleton High School in Tampa, FL. They note...

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08/01/2014
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Tearing Away the Layers of Despair: Changing a School Culture

Tearing Away the Layers of Despair: Changing a School Culture

The principal at Middleton High School describes how the school modified its culture of failure. He describes how he engaged school staff and community leaders in promoting a school culture where...

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08/01/2014
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Increasing Student Engagement for Instructional Change

Increasing Student Engagement for Instructional Change

This presentation shows how Middleton High School implemented strategies to increase student engagement in academics. The school's principal describes strategies to increase attendance, offer more...

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08/01/2014
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Curriculum Mapping Tool

Schools can use this curriculum mapping tool to align the curriculum with standards and assessments; it provides one approach that schools can use.

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04/15/2014
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Planning Classroom Observation

Use this worksheet for planning classroom observations; it focuses on helping principals learn strategies for conducting useful observations to help teachers improve their instruction, rather than...

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04/15/2014
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Learning Together: Using Data to Improve Instruction

This assessment can be used for in-service about using student data to improve instruction and learning. Teachers learn how to collect, analyze, and use student data on a regular basis. Related...

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04/15/2014
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DEEPER

This sample material describes a schoolwide instructional model that contains the basic components of rigorous literacy-based instruction in all content areas. Related Files: Jackson...

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04/15/2014
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Tennessee State Assessment Results Score Report

Staff collaboratively analyzes data reports such as these from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) to determine strengths and weaknesses in student learning. Related...

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04/15/2014
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December Walkthrough

This instructional coherence protocol guides administrator walkthroughs of elementary school classrooms. Administrators note evidence indicating that expectations of classroom environment and...

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04/15/2014
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Teacher Teams Data Chart

Teachers at an urban elementary school use data charts in inquiry teams to review students' progress toward content area proficiency goals. The form helps teachers identify students who need...

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04/15/2014
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Balanced Literacy Evaluation Checklist

Teachers use this checklist to ensure they adhere to a balanced literacy curriculum. The checklist addresses expectations for conducting read-alouds; facilitating shared, independent, and guided...

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04/15/2014
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