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baseline-progressionTo set a direction for turning around chronically low-performing schools, you must first understand the current situation. By understanding your baseline data, you’ll be able to focus attention where it is needed most.

Step 1: Prioritize goals

How would you rate your school’s performance on the following indicators? Once you’ve rated each statement, take a look for the most red or the lowest average score to identify the areas in most need of attention. Choose no more than three or four to get started and make sure one is a “quick fix” in order to build momentum toward change

Scale: 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = agree, 4 = strongly agree
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Step 2: Learn more

Below we feature research, data, and policy guides on topics related to baseline to further help you identify goals that are likely to make an impact in your school.

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The Power of Math: Math literacy needs to start early American School Board JournalresearchdataGo
From Beginning to Stellar: What research says about teaching reading in the early gradesCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Still Learning: Developing readers beyond grade 3Center for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Better Late than Never: A look at late high school graduatesCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
The Importance of Aligning Pre-K through Third Grade
Policy brief from the Pre-K Coalition
Center for Public EducationpoliciesandpracticesGo
The Data First Data Center
Features national and state-level data for 28 different indicators.
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NAEP Reading Results for the States
The Education Trust’s state academic performance and improvement data tool allows users to easily compare their state’s NAEP performance to states of their choosing. Comparisons can be made by student group and over time.
Education TrustotherresourcesGo
Great Schools
Provides school-level data on all state tests by student group. Users are also able to compare performance to other schools.
Great Schools otherresourcesGo

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Changing Demographics of the United States and its Schools
An analysis of the 2010 Census data and what it means for the future of public school enrollments.
Center for Public EducationresearchdataGo
What Research Says about Teaching English Language LearnersCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Special Education: At a glanceCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
School District Demographics System
A data tool providing demographic information on all school districts based on the 2010 Census. Users can search multiple school-based, social, and economic data by subgroup and compare to other districts in the state.
U.S Department of EducationpoliciesandpracticesGo
Civil Rights Data Collection District/School Search
This data tool from the U.S. Department of Education allows users to locate data by school district and school. Indicators include enrollment data by race/ethnicity, family income, home language, and disability.
U.S Department of EducationpoliciesandpracticesGo

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Civil Rights Data Collection District/School Search
This data tool allows you to locate data by school district and school. Indicators include disciplinary rates by type (eg., in-school and out-of-school suspensions, expulsions), arrests, incidents of bullying, and more.
U.S. Department of EducationresearchdataGo
Do Our Students Feel Safe at School?Data FirstresearchdataGo
CUBE National Surveys
This series of nationally representative surveys conducted for NSBA by Dr. Brian Perkins describes the perceptions of students students, teachers, and families.
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Back to School: How parent involvement affects student achievementCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Why School Climate is ImportantCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A policy guide for school board membersNational School Boards AssociationpoliciesandpracticesGo
Power of Positive Connections
Tool kit for designing effective intervention policies and practices to address chronically absent students
Attendance WorkspoliciesandpracticesGo
Effective Strategies to Improve Teacher AttendanceAttendance WorkspoliciesandpracticesGo

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Class Size and Student Achievement: What the research saysCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Which Matters More, Class Size or Teacher Quality?
This 90-second video informs a riddle many school districts face.
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Back to School: How parent involvement affects student achievement Center for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Why Community Engagement Matters in School TurnaroundVoices in Urban Education, Annenberg InstituteresearchdataGo

Real World Spotlight


Van Henri White, Board President of Rochester Schools in NY, discusses the importance of setting clear goals for your district turnaround.

Next Step

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Now that you’ve used your baseline data to establish your goals for the turnaround school, it’s time to plan how to best align resources to your goals. Click “Align Resources to Goals” to move on.