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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Postcard: We are #1!

A picture postcard depicts Waterford High School's status as the highest API score of 760 in a five-county region (Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne) for the 2006-07 school...

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Lesson Observation

This form is used in formal lesson observations of teachers. Observers rate the teacher on various methods of instruction, including learning objectives, checking for understanding, skill and...

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Teacher Interview Questions and Scoring

School administrators use these questions to interview prospective language arts teachers. The questions are designed to gauge the teacher's knowledge and commitment to standards-based instruction...

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04/15/2014
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Mid-Year Staff Survey

Elementary school administrators gather teacher feedback and opinions through this mid-year survey, which asks about school climate, professional development, and curriculum, instruction, and...

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Staff Commit Two Program

A principal uses this form to ask staff to commit to the school through participation in two core school activities: (1) one of the school's core planning or decision-making teams, and (2) a...

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04/15/2014
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Elementary Staffing Plan

The principal of a newly restructured elementary school uses this staffing plan when hiring and placing teachers. The document includes the current staffing plan and priorities for staffing and...

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Suggestions for the Conduct of Personnel Committee Meetings

These guidelines for personnel committee meetings are designed to ensure consistent hiring procedures focused on filling available positions with personnel who understand and believe in the...

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Tracking the Implementation of Quick Wins

This matrix can be used to track the progress of the implementation of quick wins and to reflect on the lessons learned from these quick wins.

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Planning for the Implementation of Quick Wins

Use this decision-making worksheet to document ideas for areas of immediate change, possible solutions, and anticipated results. Related and Media and Files: Observing the School:...

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Observing the School: Identifying Potential Quick Wins

This two-part evaluation form provides examples of areas and behaviors to observe in order to note where a quick win activity could be implemented and where an improvement would make a positive...

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New School Intensive Scope and Sequence

New York City provides principals of new schools with training to understand the step-by-step opening process, beginning with communicating the new school's vision to staff and the community and...

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School Implementation Plan

This principal-developed implementation plan is used to determine the transitional structures needed to build a strong school focused on teaching and learning. The plan includes activities such as...

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