Education Report Roundup

Study: Target Aid to ‘Stuck’ Schools

By Debra Viadero — March 02, 2010 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Not all low-performing schools are alike, says a new report that offers a framework to help educators, policymakers, and advocates direct attention to the schools that need it most.

For their report, researchers from the Education Trust, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, draw on five years of testing data for Indiana and Maryland to track the progress of the lowest-performing schools in each state.

Of the 275 Maryland schools that started out in the bottom quartile, the authors found that 64 percent made gains large enough to rank among the state’s most-improved schools, and 28 percent improved at an average rate. The remaining 7 percent of schools got “stuck,” improving slowly and sometimes not at all.

Among the 370 low-performing schools in Indiana, 38 percent stagnated, 38 percent improved at high rates, and 24 percent fell in the middle range.

The overall pace of improvement statewide was faster in Maryland than it was in Indiana. That meant a Maryland school had to make bigger gains to be a top improver than would a similar school in Indiana.

“An accountability system should distinguish between schools that start out low-performing and make gains and those that year after year show little capacity to improve,” the report says, and target the greatest amount of support and resources to the latter.

The report is the first of four that the group plans to issue from a 10-state study of “stuck” schools.

A version of this article appeared in the March 03, 2010 edition of Education Week as Study: Target Aid to ‘Stuck’ Schools

Events

School Climate & Safety K-12 Essentials Forum Strengthen Students’ Connections to School
Join this free event to learn how schools are creating the space for students to form strong bonds with each other and trusted adults.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Creating Confident Readers: Why Differentiated Instruction is Equitable Instruction
Join us as we break down how differentiated instruction can advance your school’s literacy and equity goals.
Content provided by Lexia Learning
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
IT Infrastructure & Management Webinar
Future-Proofing Your School's Tech Ecosystem: Strategies for Asset Tracking, Sustainability, and Budget Optimization
Gain actionable insights into effective asset management, budget optimization, and sustainable IT practices.
Content provided by Follett Learning

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: April 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 20, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 13, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: February 21, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read