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The Inconvenient Truths About Turning Around Schools

The prevalent but fundamentally flawed narrative around “fixing” troubled schools goes something like this: “Low student test scores tell us which schools are underperforming. These schools fail because of weak leadership, low expectations among teachers, and inefficient use of resources. The only way to fix these schools is to ‘transform’ them by bringing in new teachers and leaders, or, should that fail, close them down.” Hewing to this faulty narrative, so-called turnaround efforts—as codified in federal Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind legislation— have failed to produce the promised gains for students and for schools. Go to the original…


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