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Document Number: 4778

Can Failing Schools Be Fixed? - This report examines three interventions into failing schools: the Schools Under Registration Review process in New York, comprehensive school reform in Memphis, Tennessee, and school reconstitution in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The author writes that in each of these cases roughly half or fewer of the schools that were subject to the intervention showed real improvement when gauged in terms of student achievement. The author tells policymakers not to be overwhelmed by the number of intervention strategies available and to be patient, as it may be several years before even a successful intervention shows results. (Ronald C. Brady, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, January 2003)...

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