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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Curriculum Map

Teachers use curriculum maps, like this K-5 sample, to plan the year's instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Related Files: Young Scholars' Academy...

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Professional Action Plan and Year-End Goals Evaluation

At one elementary school, teachers and the principal periodically meet to discuss progress toward goals for content, environment, and professional development. Teachers use this form to note their...

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ELA Goal-Setting Plan

Students use this tracker to set short- and long-term goals and monitor their own progress in English language arts. Students identify the skills they need to develop, and teachers hold periodic...

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Homework Log

Parents are required to sign and return the Homework Log that outlines the daily homework for the week. This log allows parents, students, and teachers to be knowledgeable about what is expected of...

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Homework Trouble Sheet: Eighth-Grade Mathematics

Students who are having trouble answering questions on their homework fill out this Homework Trouble Sheet, which allows them to have their homework excused for one day to get extra...

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Strategic Instructional Plan

This worksheet provides a template for teachers to outline their instructional strategies for other staff. Teachers are asked to describe how a concept was taught and determine the percentage of...

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Awards Sheet

This log allows teachers and staff to celebrate successes by displaying students who made honor rolls and received "Extra Effort," "Perfect Attendance," and "Homework Stars" awards. Related...

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Charting the Course to Academic Excellence

The school uses this district template to record three-year data trends, data from the previous year, bi-weekly data reports, and discipline issues. These data then help staff to direct and improve...

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Walk-Through Observation Form

The principal uses this checklist as he observes instruction and comments on such practices as the classroom environment, clear instructional objectives, use of instructional strategies, and...

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Assessment Data and Math Department Success Elements

This data report from Waterford High School is used by math teachers to collaboratively analyze data to determine strengths and weaknesses in student learning. Based on the data, teachers decide to...

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Walk-In Observation Form

Department chairs and coaches use this observation form as part of informal and ongoing coaching and professional development practices. The purpose of this form is to check on alignment of...

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New Teacher Orientation Manual

This New Teacher Orientation Manual familiarizes staff with a culture that focuses on continuous conversations and collaboration to improve instruction. It presents the mission, vision, five...

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