Mandating education

Ideally that means slicing and dicing the data every which way (by race, class, performance level, growth, etc.).It also means boiling the data down into some sort of judgment of each individual school, like an A–F rating.

What’s important to know about both generations of interventions is that they rarely worked.That’s too bad, because at least a couple of studies demonstrated significant achievement gains for schools subjected to true turnarounds—where at least half the staff were replaced.It might be tempting to make states embrace these harder-edged interventions.The only state-led reform that shows real promise, in my view, is Louisiana’s Recovery School District and, possibly, its clone in Tennessee.By plucking dire schools out of their districts, they sever the link to the dysfunctional systems, contracts, practices, etc.

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