CAP and ERS Report Details How to Improve Low-Performing Schools
September 13, 2016
The Center for American Progress (CAP) and Education Resource Strategies (ERS) released a report detailing how states can improve low-performing schools under ESSA. The authors highlight turnaround efforts as a high priority because ESSA “gives states greater autonomy” to allocate Title I dollars to these new initiatives. The report recommended seven design changes for state leaders to consider:
- Grant districts and ultimately the state the authority to intervene in failing schools.
- Provide significant resources to support planning and restructuring and leverage competitive grants.
- Treat the district as the unit of change and hold them accountable for school improvement.
- Create transparent tiers of intervention and support combined with ongoing capacity building and sharing best practices.
- Promote stakeholder engagement.
- Create pipeline programs for developing and supporting effective turnaround school leaders.
- Embed evaluation and evidence-based building activities in school implementation.