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.

This toolkit clarifies the spending rules that apply to supporting schoolwide improvement programs with Title I dollars, and provides considerations for states, school districts and schoolwide schools that want to rethink the way they use Title I funds.

CBA Sample Language

This resource, in the same format as the CBA Self-Assessment Tool, compiles sample contract language from existing CBAs, election-to-work agreements and MOUs across the country.

District Self-Assessment Tool

This tool allows districts and local unions to analyze their existing CBA for the key contract elements in the conditions areas of People, Program, Time and Money.

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.

Negotiating For Change Toolkit

This main publication identifies the contract elements that must be bargained to create the conditions for successful turnaround; provides examples of states, districts and unions that have begun this challenging but necessary work to make all schools, for all children, highly effective learning environments, and; suggests strategies for districts and unions to pursue collaborative negotiation.

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.

Metrics for Turnaround

This tool lists critical variables or metrics to track as part of a robust evaluation system. These metrics fall within 6 categories: (1) demographic data, (2) the school environment, (3) student achievement, (4) community perceptions, (5) instructional data, and (6) school facilities and resources.