State education agencies (SEAs) can pull a powerful lever for school turnaround by setting goals publicly, and releasing reports on progress toward those goals at turnaround schools to build public support for turnaround efforts. Creating these reports does not require a big lift: the information for reporting can be from data that has already been gathered. This report clarifies indicators and metrics that can be most helpful for tracking progress toward goals, and explains where to find the data to inform these metrics.

CBA Negotiation Overview

This document summarizes some key points from the full publication, including an overview of the non-negotiable contract elements that must be negotiated to create the conditions for turnaround and the various options for contract modifications.

Forging Partnerships for Turnaround

This publication combines lessons learned from state RFP (Request for Proposal) processes used to identify Lead Partners. Partners play a critical role in advancing state and district turnaround strategies. Lead Partners, as defined by the STG, are private organizations or units of central offices on contract with the district or state to turn around schools. The RFP process is a critical first step used to vet and select partners to manage school turnaround efforts. This report combines key learnings including how to 1) design and manage the RFP process; 2) solicit proposals from potential partners; 3) review proposals; and 4) support district and school leaders as they select partners. These strategies are drawn from our observations of the field, interviews with state leaders, and in-depth experience working directly with states.

Evaluation Primer

This document provides additional background information about the general practice of evaluation as related to school improvement.

Data From The Field

This resource compiles data from successful turnaround schools across the country. The data suggest what is achievable in years 1, 2, etc. under a turnaround model and can inform benchmarks in other states, districts, and schools.

Securing the Capacity

This report explores how partners are currently used in schools and districts, and how different types of partners can be used to facilitate turnaround. Examples of various operating partners are provided and benchmarked against the Lead Turnaround Partner framework. The current partner market is also examined and recommendations for how to build the partner marketplace are provided.

This supplementary report provides more detailed information and profiles of school intervention strategies in ten states and four districts, along with further analysis of high-performing, high-poverty schools.

Bold Steps Turnaround Slide Deck

Use this presentation file to engage policymakers, practitioners and others about the ideas in The Turnaround Challenge. The slide deck summarizes the major points from the research and includes most of the major graphics. It also offers brief notes for presenters for every slide. (The notes are visible after saving to your desktop and opening the file.) MIE grants permission for the file to be used (and for the slides to be copied and distributed) for non-commercial use. Permission is also granted for the incorporation of material from this file in other works created for non-commercial use, provided that appropriate acknowledgement is given. We retain the copyright and reserve all other rights.

The Turnaround Challenge

The Turnaround Challenge was published in November 2007. To date, more than 200,000 copies of the main report have been downloaded, and the report’s framework is being used to develop turnaround strategies in dozens of schools, districts and states, and is informing federal policy as well.