Schools Targeted for Improvement Under ARRA
Many strategies focused on improving low-performing schools have been launched in recent years. Yet there is little research to document the strategies that work the best.
Mathematica is working with the American Institutes for Research to document how schools are using SIG funds to implement the turnaround strategies. In 60 schools from 6 states, the study team is interviewing principals by telephone and surveying teachers. The team also will be conducting annual site visits to 25 of the 60 schools in each of 3 years and visiting an additional subset of schools to examine turnaround strategies in schools with large English Language Learner populations. The team is writing annual reports on schools’ efforts. Other subcontractors are Decision Information Resources, Inc., and Education Northwest.