Moving the Needle on Achievement
Solving the School Improvement Puzzle
September 28, 2016
Improving low-performing schools—and the achievement of vulnerable groups of students within all schools—is some of the toughest work educators can take on. This special report dives into the toolbox available to those looking to boost school quality, approaches that may show promise in specific schools and with particular populations, and the opportunities and challenges posed by the new Every Student Succeeds Act.
- Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Clears Out Underbrush on School Improvement PathThe new federal K-12 law gives states and districts a freer hand in fixing their lowest-performing schools, but questions loom on whether that leeway will translate into better outcomes.Every Student Succeeds Act Assuring Needy Groups of Students Aren't OverlookedA focus on the bottom of the scale may mask challenges for higher-performing schools when it comes to boosting achievement for students who lag behind.School & District Management How to Find Evidence-Based Fixes for Schools That Fall BehindAs states and districts grapple with how to develop and use evidenced for school improvement, several new resources are rolling out to help them.Every Student Succeeds Act Tackling School Climate, Student Behavior as a Route to ImprovementApproaches that have proven effective in working with special education students and English-learners hold potential for helping all students.Every Student Succeeds Act New California Agency's Goal: Bolster Districts' Turnaround RoleAiming to offer support and assistance for local leaders, rather than prescriptive formulas, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is open for business.Every Student Succeeds Act School Inspections Offer a Diagnostic Look at QualityAiming to get beyond just spreadsheets and test scores, Vermont and other states experiment with new ways to scope out schools' strengths and weaknesses.