Maintain a consistent focus on improving instruction.

Chronically low-performing schools need to maintain a sharp focus on improving instruction at every step of the reform process. To improve instruction, schools should use data to set goals for instructional improvement, make changes designed to immediately and directly affect instruction, and continuously reassess student learning and instructional practices.

Successful turnaround schools use data to set goals for instructional improvement by examining school average test scores to identify areas that need schoolwide improvement, classroom data to identify teachers' instructional strengths and professional development needs, and student data to focus on the instructional needs of individual students. Turnaround schools take action designed to immediately and directly affect instruction, such as teacher collaboration in instructional planning, targeted professional development, and reviews of curricula against standards. They also monitor student progress continuously and make adjustments using benchmark assessments, observations, and daily student progress.

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State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 2

State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 2

This video shows the Ohio Transformation Specialist and the principal of Southern Local Jr./Sr. High School working together during a typical visit. They conduct classroom rounds, discuss data, and...

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08/01/2014
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State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 1

State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 1

The Ohio Transformation Specialist and the principal of Southern Local Jr./Sr. High School discuss how they work together. They talk about the activities they conduct during each of the...

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08/01/2014
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Lifelong Learning for Capacity Building

Lifelong Learning for Capacity Building

The superintendent of Hollandale School District talks about building a cadre of qualified teachers. The School Improvement Grant enabled the district to offer tuition incentives to attract...

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08/01/2014
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Transforming Elementary Math Instruction

Transforming Elementary Math Instruction

Two math teachers at Sanders Elementary School discuss changes to their math instruction by relying more heavily on technology. They use interactive white boards and hands on, inquiry-based...

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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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