Low Performing Schools

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Lincoln Agnew for Education Week
Budget & Finance How COVID-19 Will Make Fixing America's Worst-Performing Schools Even Harder
COVID-19's fallout has shaken how states spend billions in federal aid to fix poor-performing schools serving the most-vulnerable students.
Daarel Burnette II, March 23, 2021
12 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Calculating Grad Rates for Charter Schools: It's Complicated
Federal data paint a grim picture of the charter school sector's ability to graduate its students. But comparing charter high schools' graduating power with that of all other public high schools is tricky.
Arianna Prothero & Alex Harwin, February 26, 2019
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion Are Charter Management Companies a Laboratory for Effective School Systems?
Marc Tucker argues that there is no evidence that charter systems at scale raise student performance to global levels, and advises policymakers to instead, focus on learning from nations and states whose students are outperforming U.S. students across the board.
Marc Tucker, May 23, 2018
5 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act States Adjust Course on School Turnaround Districts
The new school year brings changes for states that are starting—or, in at least one case, dropping—state-directed efforts to improve some of their lowest-performing schools.
Daarel Burnette II, September 5, 2017
6 min read
School Choice & Charters Opinion Theresa May and the Design of the American Education System
Marc Tucker discusses a recent piece by Checker Finn on British Prime Minister Theresa May's education agenda and analyzes the lessons it may provide for U.S. policy makers.
Marc Tucker, January 5, 2017
7 min read
A Massachusetts ballot measure that would have allowed more charter schools to open was defeated, despite an expensive campaign to win voter approval.
A Massachusetts ballot measure that would have allowed more charter schools to open was defeated, despite an expensive campaign to win voter approval.
Michael Dwyer/AP
Federal In Massachusetts, Voters Shun Expansion of Charters
The state will keep its status as one of the most restrictive states when it comes to the expansion of the charter school sector.
Arianna Prothero, November 15, 2016
3 min read
School & District Management Georgia Voters to Decide State's Role in Struggling Schools
A ballot measure would alter the state constitution to allow a special district to intervene in low-performing schools.
Denisa R. Superville, October 25, 2016
6 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Clears Out Underbrush on School Improvement Path
The 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.
Alyson Klein, September 27, 2016
8 min read
School & District Management Amid School-Closure Worries, Michigan Lists Low Performers
State officials insist the roster of low-performing schools is not a closure list, but an accountability measure required by law, though those reassurances may face skepticism.
Brenda Iasevoli, September 6, 2016
4 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion High Poverty, High Achievement in Hong Kong
Marc Tucker details a recent visit to a school in a high-poverty Hong Kong neighborhood and asks: Could such a success story happen in the United States?
Marc Tucker, June 23, 2016
8 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act Explainer The Every Student Succeeds Act: An ESSA Overview
2015's Every Student Succeeds Act rolls back much of the federal government's big footprint in education policy.
Alyson Klein, March 31, 2016
7 min read
Curriculum Acclaimed Educator Jaime Escalante Featured in New U.S. Postage Stamp
Escalante, the Bolivian native and former U.S. high school math teacher, died of cancer in 2010.
Kristine Kim, January 29, 2016
1 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act Test-Participation Mandate Puts States on Spot
Despite the rise of the testing opt-out movement, states are still on the hook to assure that 95 percent of eligible students take state exams in English/language arts and math.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 26, 2016
6 min read
First grader Makayla Taylor, 6, walks to breakfast at Aspire Public Schools in Memphis, Tenn., which is part of the state's Achievement School District.
First grader Makayla Taylor, 6, walks to breakfast at Aspire Public Schools in Memphis, Tenn., which is part of the state's Achievement School District.
Swikar Patel, Education Week
Equity & Diversity Political Winds Buffet Tenn.'s Achievement School District
The state-run district that takes over low-performing schools has run into partisan trouble fueled by a study showing progress lagging at those schools compared with other turnaround models.
Daarel Burnette II, January 12, 2016
5 min read