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Document Number: 7258

The Challenge of Supporting Change Elementary Student Achievement and the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative’s Focal Strategy - As increasing numbers of states struggle with ways to support low-performing schools, findings from this study should provoke many questions at the state level. The study analyzed the effects of a "coaching" approach that promoted a vision of culture change, relying on three key features: coaching of district and school leaders; evidence-based decisionmaking at all levels of the system; and networking within and across schools to share experiences and lessons. Although the goal was originally intended to support both districts and schools in a "bottom-up and top-down" approach, in practice the focal strategy primarily served district leadership, was not sustained at the school level, and thus, typically did not lead to specific changes in instruction or specific instructional supports at the school and classroom levels. Executive summary (Kristin E. Porter and Jason C. Snipes, MDRC 2006) ...

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