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School Turnaround Publications

University of Virginia School Turnaround Research

Assessing School Turnaround: Evidence from Ohio (Draft)
This study employs a comparative interrupted time series to examines a sample of 20 Ohio schools that participated in the University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program and finds participating schools experienced meaningful improvements in student achievement after completing the two-year program.

District Readiness to Support School Turnaround

This guide, written for the Center on  School Turnaround, provides state education agencies (SEAs) and districts (LEAs) with guidance about how to assess the district’s readiness to support school turnaround initiatives and it also provides an introduction to turnaround readiness conditions that will help districts to best position resources to enable turnaround schools to succeed.  

The State's Role in Supportig Data Use to Drive School Turnaround
Members of the PLE outline ways the state Department of Education can better support districts in  creating and implementing a data-driven culture

Missouri and Ohio Schools Make Significant Improvement Through UVA Turnaround Program 
This study follows 34 elementary and middle schools in Missouri and Ohio throughout the course of their participation in the University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program.

New Monograph – State-Initiated School TurnaroundStrategies: Leveraging the State Education Agency to Drive Meaningful Change 
In partnership with the University of Virginia Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education School Turnaround Specialist Program, eight states have implemented a strategy entailing the State Education Agencies assuming a leadership role to drive, manage, and support a targeted approach to turning around low-performing schools. 

No Time to Lose: Turnaround Leader Performance Assessment 
Lauren Morando Rhim's brief presents the rationale supporting aggressive turnaround leader assessment efforts and outlines seven critical actions steps to increase the success rate of turnaround schools.

Learning How to Dance in the Queen City: Cincinnati Public Schools’ Turnaround Initiative
Lauren Morando Rhim's descriptive case study of the Cincinnati Public School District’s strategic school turnaround effort.

Importing Leaders for School Turnarounds
Public Impact explores lessons about when and how organizations in non-education sectors import leadership, including what it takes to tempt people away and how firms help make leaders successful in a new setting. The authors then consider likely challenges and critical next steps for applying those lessons to importing leaders for turnarounds of chronically failing schools.

Using Competencies to Improve School Turnaround Principal Success  
Public Impact's report sheds light on the competencies of school turnaround leaders who succeed in driving rapid dramatic change.

Leading Indicators of School Turnarounds: How to Know When Dramatic Change Is On Track
Key principles and processes to guide the design and use of leading indicators in education

Annual Reports

University of Virginia School Turnaround School Specialist Program 2010  Annual Report 
This annual report presents a description of the academic performance of the schools led by principals who began the program between 2006 and 2009.

Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program Research Executive Summary
Executive Summary of Two Major Research Studies, 2004–2005

The stories of 10 exceptional educators and their efforts to turn around 10 low-performing Virginia public schools.

Keys to Sustaining Successful School Turnarounds
Fifteen case studies of elementary school turnaround initiatives that sustained improvements for at least two years were reviewed in order to identify the changes associated with the turnaround process.

School Turnaround Resources

School Turnarounds: A Review of the Cross Sector Evidence on Dramatic Organizational Improvement
Center on Innovation and Improvement

School Turnarounds: Actions and Results
Center on Innovation and Improvement

School Turnaround Leaders: Competencies for Success
Public Impact

School Turnaround Leaders: Selection Toolkit
Public Impact

The Turnaround Challenge
Mass Insight

The Turnaround Challenge: Executive Summary
Mass Insight

The Turnaround Challenge: Supplement to the Main Report
Mass Insight 

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