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September 5, 2019
How a Memphis state-run school improved math scores 9 percentage points in one year
In math, Cornerstone Prep Denver’s student achievement is the highest of all 30 schools in the Achievement School District.
September 3, 2019
State denies Memphis appeal to take Geeter K-8 off watchlist, but the school will remain under local control for now
The state said recent test scores at the Whitehaven school weren’t good enough to warrant less scrutiny.
August 27, 2019
Here’s how two Nashville state-run schools are tackling teacher turnover, low student performance
LEAD Public Schools has significantly changed the way it runs its Achievement School District schools over the last two years.
Updated August 21, 2019
This turnaround model is spreading. Is it a better way to help struggling schools or just a new brand of takeover?
A school turnaround strategy that's shown promise in Springfield, Mass. is spreading to districts across the country with the help of a group called Empower Schools.
August 1, 2019
Why teachers unions are trying to block outside intervention in Colorado schools
Lawsuits seeking to block state-ordered intervention under Colorado's 2009 school accountability law will clarify the state’s authority to tell districts what to do.
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July 25, 2019
Tennessee asked national education leaders how the state should fix its turnaround district. Here’s what they said.
Education leaders from across the country – whose work is driven by the belief that low-performing schools can be turned around – had some advice for Tennessee.
July 24, 2019
NYC ditched its school turnaround program months ago. Principals are still wondering what comes next.
Interviews with principals across the city suggest schools lack precise details about what type of support they will receive, creating uncertainty for the coming school.
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July 23, 2019
Schwinn: No new schools will enter Tennessee’s turnaround district this year, but some may leave
Big changes will be coming to Tennessee’s Achievement School District within the next few months, the state’s education chief Penny Schwinn told Chalkbeat.
July 23, 2019
When school turnarounds backfire: North Carolina’s effort offers a cautionary tale
The program caused test scores to fall modestly and teacher turnover to rise sharply at those schools, according to new research.
July 16, 2019
Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds
“We feel confident at this point saying that the strategy followed for the ASD hasn’t produced positive results for students we’d hoped to see,” said one researcher.
July 12, 2019
As Tennessee gives its turnaround district a hard look, fates of other takeover districts show struggles aren’t unique
Seven years later, Tennessee’s achievement district has not seen large gains. Nevada closed its turnaround district, and the other two states are struggling to launch.
June 20, 2019
Memphis district drops plan to staff school with teacher trainees amid community backlash
Winchester Elementary School will instead enter the Memphis district’s Innovation Zone, a seven-year-old turnaround program that is seen as widely successful.
June 14, 2019
Meet the three finalists for Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent
Interim superintendent Aleesia Johnson, Pike Township assistant superintendent Larry Young, and Louisville chief of schools Devon Horton were named as finalists.
June 7, 2019
Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour
Four months into her job, Penny Schwinn says one theme keeps emerging in her visits to classrooms and discussions with educators and stakeholders.
June 4, 2019
After a year with a new leader, high hopes are giving way to tension within Tennessee’s turnaround district
The initial excitement over the Achievement School District's new leader has given way to an impasse between the superintendent and the district's charter leaders.
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