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Improving Achievement in Low-Performing Schools

Improving Achievement in Low-Performing Schools
Key Results for School Leaders

March 2014 | 144 pages | Corwin
This book addresses the six steps used by nation-wide schools and specifically by the Compton Unified School District to overcome low-performance. Countless examples on how multi-stressed, low-performing schools can overcome obstacles to respond to the unique learning needs of students and adults are provided in each of the six steps. The purpose of the key results accountability process is to establish and document successful reform practices that address the multiple challenges for low-performing schools. The reform process intends to effectively implement appropriate action plans that reach and surpasses a school's required growth results.
Organization of Book

About the Author
About the Editor
Step 1. Defining the School's Culture
Understanding Attitude Defined by Actions

Scheduling Effective Communication Mechanisms

Step 2. Gatekeeping by Central Office: Administrators and Principals Teaming Together
Defining a School's Culture to Supports Achievement Goals

Creating Visibility Through Facility Management

Working With Legislators

Receiving Support for Implementing Program Reform Initiatives

Step 3: Creating a Key Results Accountability Process
Understanding How Assessment Indicators Can Increase Student Achievement

Integrating Key Results Into Corrective Action Plans

Identifying School-Site Visitation Lessons

Step 4: Developing Trailblazing Initiatives That Guarantee Student Success
Creating Motivational Attendance Programs

Organizing an Accelerated Learning Program

Providing an Extended School-Year Program

Backloading for Curriculum Alignment

Step 5: Expanding Parent and Community Involvement Activities
Developing Responsive Parent Committees for Critical Feedback

Organizing Community Forums with Diverse Stakeholders

Mobilizing Community Partners to Support Reform Initiatives

Step 6: Enforcing Effective Business Practices
Securing Resources for School Sites

Identifying and Seeking Alternative Program Funding Solutions

Creating a Strategic Plan for Aggressive Grant Development

Resource A: The Results-Based Intervention for School Efficacy (RISE) Project
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"I find here nothing less than a blueprint for transforming a failing urban school district with abysmal levels of student and adult performance into one of fiscal and academic respectability. No small feat! This compact little volume offers countless aids for systemic reform, from six giant steps to many small forms. There is much to be gleaned from the Compton Story, which will be applicable to others who would turn their districts around."

Roland S. Barth
Author, Lessons Learned

"[This] is a valuable book for anyone seriously interested in having more effective schools. This is not a one-shot panacea, but a detailed recipe of what can be done to improve student academic improvement."

Education News, Spring 2004

Randolph E. Ward

Dr. Randolph E. Ward’s teaching career spans more than two decades. Fluent in Spanish and English, he has been a teacher in schools in North and South America, including two one-year stints in Colombia and Venezuela. Before becoming the fifth state appointed administrator for the Compton Unified School District in 1996, Dr. Ward was an elementary school principal and an area superintendent for the Long Beach Unified School District. ... More About Author

Mary Ann Burke

Mary Ann Burke is the co-founder of the Generational Parenting Blog at Dr. Burke presents effective parenting and school engagement strategies at numerous state and national parent engagement events. She creates Common Core State Standards kits and S.T.E.A.M. activities for parents to use at home and in their child’s classroom to support children’s literacy and academic readiness skills. Dr. Burke is an author or editor of four Corwin Press Books on parent and community engagement in schools. Mary Ann is an active grandmother of five grandchildren that include seven month old twin granddaughters, a four year old preschool... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761931744