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April 14, 2011

Study Recommends School Turnaround Strategy Should Be a Priority for ESEA Reauthorization

The Center for American Progress has released four recommendations the federal government should take in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) revision to ensure states and districts improve struggling schools.

In “Incentivizing School Turnaround,” by Jeremy Ayers and Melissa Lazarin, the authors recommend specific federal level action that could directly impact schools that are struggling.

The paper highlights four strategies the authors believe Congress should implement to turn around struggling schools:

  1. Target federal turnaround funds to high-need schools and districts ready to reform
  2. Use student and achievement data to identify the interventions districts and schools should implement
  3. Boost state capacity to support school level reform through building leadership pipelines, clustering turnaround schools, and creating state turnaround units
  4. Construct sensible evaluation, reporting, and accountability policies that foster substantial school improvement

To access the full paper, click here.

Source:  Center for American Progress