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Now that you have your goals and know what resources are available to deploy, it’s time to identify the programs and policies you can put into place to begin your school’s turnaround. These programs and policies may focus on a number of areas including curriculum, data and monitoring systems, student, teacher, and parent engagement, and broader community involvement.

Step 1: Identify programs and policies to support goals

How would you rate your school’s current situation in terms of the following guiding statements? It’s only necessary to evaluate those indicators that relate directly to your goals. After you’ve done that, take a look for the most red for areas needing attention and green for opportunities for building more capacity.

Scale: 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = agree, 4 = strongly agree


Curriculum

Alongside teachers, rigorous and relevant curriculum is one of the most powerful levers districts have for raising student achievement. These guiding indicators will help you identify curricular priorities for your low-performing school or schools that will put all students on track to graduate college and be career-ready. Download the curriculum data worksheet (pdf).

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Data & Monitoring Systems

The research on turnaround schools is clear about one thing – the frequent analysis of data by teachers, principals, and counselors is essential for moving low-performing schools forward. These program and policy indicators will help you understand whether your school’s staff has the data tools, training, and support to use data effectively. Download the data and monitoring systems data worksheet (pdf).

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Supports for Students

Surely all children can learn, but just as surely, some children will need more support to meet high standards. These program and policy indicators will help you understand how effectively your school provides interventions for struggling students. Download the supports for students data worksheet (pdf).

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Supports for Teachers & Principals

Even the most qualified staff needs time and resources for ongoing learning, especially when tackling the challenges of chronically low-performing schools. These policy indicators will help you understand the investment your school has placed in teachers and principals to increase their capacity to improve student achievement. Download the supports for teachers and principals data worksheet (pdf).

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Family & Community Engagement

Supportive families are a key ingredient in a child’s academic development. The involvement of the larger community likewise shows a commitment to children and their future. These program and policy indicators will help you understand how effectively your school has engaged with parents and the broader community. Download the family and community engagement data worksheet (pdf).

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Step 2: Learn more

Which section above has the most red? The most green? The table below features helpful research, data and guides on the best ways to institute programs and policies for the turnaround.

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
The Curious Case of Algebra IIAmerican School Board JournalresearchdataGo
Defining a 21st Century EducationCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
From Beginning to Stellar: What research says about teaching reading in the early gradesCenter for Public Education researchdataGo
Still Learning: Developing readers beyond grade 3Center for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Understanding the Common Core State Standards
A guide to the national college- and career-ready standards through Quality Public Reporting: Best practices for publicly reporting data.
Center for Public EducationpoliciesandpracticesGo
On the Same Page: Effective implementation of college- and career-ready standards through labor-management collaboration
An implantation guide produced through a partnership of AASA, AFT, CCSSO, Council of Great City Schools, NEA and NSBA
Center for Public Education otherresourcesGo

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
Leading and Lagging Indicators: What they are, why you need to use them
Video
Center for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Calculating Academic Return on Investment: A powerful tool and a great investmentDistrict Management CouncilresearchdataGo
Keeping Kids in School
A video outlining the early warning signs that students may be at risk of eventually dropping out and what you can do to keep them in.
Center for Public Education researchdataGo
Data Privacy Fact Sheets: What school boards need to knowCenter for Public Education and Data Quality CampaignpoliciesandpracticesGo
Empowering Parents and Communities through Quality Public Reporting: Best practices for publicly reporting dataData Quality Campaign policiesandpracticesGo
Who Uses Student Data?
Video
Data Quality Campaign policiesandpracticesGo

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
Keeping Kids in School: Effective drop out prevention strategiesCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
High-quality Pre-kindergarten
Video
Center for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological ServicesNational Association of School PsychologistspoliciesandpracticesGo
Harlem Children’s Zone
HCZ is a model for integrating child and family services through the school. This paper describes the program.
Harlem Children's ZoneotherresourcesGo
Reconnecting McDowell
McDowell County Schools serve a high-poverty, rural population in this Appalachian state. A diverse partnership of foundations, businesses and services providers led by the state department of education and the teacher’s union is working to improve economic prospects for McDowell children through education.
Reconnecting McDowellotherresourcesGo

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
Teaching the Teachers: Effective professional development in an age of high-stakes accountabilityCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Using Competencies to Improve School Turnaround Principal SuccessUniversity of Virginia Partnership for Leaders in EducationresearchdataGo

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
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 developing strong policies to help improve your turnaround schools.

Next Steps

monitor-progress
Now that you’ve developed and implemented new policies and programs, it’s time to find out how they did. Click “Monitor Progress” to move on.