Archive for October, 2017

New Brief! Targeting subgroup achievement gaps – lessons from Ann Arbor, MI

At one time, over 90% of Ann Arbor’s schools were identified for performance issues due to large achievement gaps between the lowest performing and the highest performing. Within a few short years, the district exited the vast majority of those schools from status and demonstrated improvement in a number of school indicators (enrollment, discipline, academic performance, etc). This document, released by the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, profiles the steps the district implemented to change how the adults act and better support the students. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Focusing on Achievement Gaps

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New Resources! Integrating Resources to Implement School and District Improvement Cycles

This set of resources, released by the Council of Chief State School Officers, is designed to help SEAs, LEAs, and schools through the school and district improvement cycle. The resources braid together some of the latest thinking on the improvement cycle, Strategic Performance Management, and needs assessments. The overview of the cycle includes a description of each step, coaching tips, and suggestions of tools that could be useful. The work was started by the state members at a School and District Improvement collaborative meeting, sponsored by CCSSO, in June 2017 (SDI SCASS). The resource was released by CCSSO, and staff/consultants from the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, and several SEAs contributed to the final resources. The main document is a PDF, and 3 of the 4 tools are available as Word documents that can be downloaded and adapted by users.

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