Across the country, states and school districts are focusing on turning around the nation’s lowest-performing schools. This focus on school turnaround, while welcome, is not new. And while some schools have made significant gains in student achievement, results overall are decidedly mixed. Based on our more than a decade of experience working with urban districts, ERS believes that successful school turnaround also requires district turn-around—fundamental changes in the way that districts think about and provide support for schools.
ERS has identified five steps that districts can take in designing and implementing their school improvement programs that will increase the probability that their efforts will achieve lasting improvement:
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