Turnaround Resources Archive

Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: Indicators of Effective Practice

Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: Indicators of Effective Practice Sam Redding, Carlas McCauley, Kathleen Ryan Jackson, and Lenay Dunn In recent years, rapid school improvement — known most commonly as school turnaround — has emerged as the chief focus of dramatic and systemic efforts aimed at giving students better schools. To assist states, districts, and schools in leading or … [Read more...]

The Engagement Playbook: A Toolkit for Engaging Stakeholders Around the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement

The Engagement Playbook: A Toolkit for Engaging Stakeholders Around the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement Carlas McCauley Director, Center on School Turnaround, WestEd Joanne Cashman Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, National Association of State Directors of Special Education As researchers, decision-makers, and practitioners focus on continuous improvement in education, … [Read more...]

Examples of Actions Taken by Principals Trying to Lead Turnaround

Examples of Actions Taken by Principals Trying to Lead Turnaround Coby Meyers, Dallas Hambrick Hitt, and David Kutas University of Virginia Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education Jeanette Cornier, Grayson Cooper, Stephanie Dean, Nita Losoponkul, & Cassie Lutterloh Public Impact This report describes examples of actions that school principals have taken in trying to lead … [Read more...]

Recommendations for Differentiating Services to Support Schools Designated for Targeted Support and Improvement

Recommendations for Differentiating Services to Support Schools Designated for Targeted Support and Improvement Julie Corbett & Carlas McCauley The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, includes major revisions to the law in terms of how states design their accountability systems and provide supports aimed at … [Read more...]

Prioritizing Talent in Turnaround: Recommendations for Identifying, Hiring, and Supporting Principals and Teachers in Low‑Performing Schools

Prioritizing Talent in Turnaround: Recommendations for Identifying, Hiring, and Supporting Principals and Teachers in Low‑Performing Schools Dallas Hambrick Hitt & Coby V. Meyers University of Virginia Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education Identifying and maintaining talent is important in any organization, but in a low-performing school, it is perhaps the most important … [Read more...]

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Focusing on Achievement Gaps

By Julie Corbet, CST Consultant As they prepare for initial implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), many state and local education agencies across the country have been taking the opportunity to redefine how best to support improvement in their lowest-performing schools. ESSA requires districts to play a larger role in the improvement process, with SEAs continuing to provide … [Read more...]

Assessing and Improving Special Education: A Program Review Tool for Schools and Districts Engaged in Rapid School Improvement

Anecdotal reports from those who have worked extensively in efforts to turn around persistently low-performing schools, and at least one state study of such schools,* suggest that our lowest-performing schools tend to have above-average enrollment of students with disabilities. For schools in which this is the case, successful turnaround will depend on a focused and data-driven effort to ensure … [Read more...]

A Rubric for Assessing Schools’ Plans for Rapid Improvement

School improvement planning has become more prevalent and important due to increased calls from federal and state governments, state education agencies (SEAs), and the general public for more accountability in education.  In many cases, the school principal is responsible for conceptualizing, drafting, and submitting the plan. However, there are very few publicly available tools that assess the … [Read more...]

Thought Leadership Forum Brief: Multiple-Measures Accountability: California’s Progress and Lessons Learned

The Center on School Turnaround (CST) at WestEd is hosting a series of online Thought Leadership Forums for state education agency (SEA) officials who are members of the Leadership Council of the Network of State Turnaround and Improvement Leaders. The forums are intended to highlight the major considerations of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for students in chronically low-performing … [Read more...]

Casting a Statewide Strategic Performance Net: Interlaced Data and Responsive Supports

The state education agency (SEA) has been shifting its emphasis for decades, from a compliance-focused authority to a change agent equipped with systems, processes, training, and support to heighten the progress of the local district and its schools. This publication highlights a strategic approach to performance management that fits neatly in the new organizational environment. Ideal for … [Read more...]