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Characteristics of Midwest Region School Districts Identified for Improvement - This report presents statistical profiles of school districts in the Midwest Region designated as “in improvement” for school year 2009/10 under No Child Left Behind. The authors compare the prevalence and characteristics of districts “in improvement” versus those not in improvement, and examine the prevalence of districts in need of improvement under states’ own accountability systems. (National Center for education and Regional Assistance- Institute of Education Sciences, March 2012)...

Are Bad Schools Immortal? The Scarcity of Turnarounds and Shutdowns in Both Charter and District Sectors - This study finds that low-performing public schools are re stubbornly resistant to significant change. The author identified over 2,000 low-performing charter and district schools across 10 states, from 2003-04 through 2008-09 to determine how many were turned around, shut down, or remained low-performing. Results were generally dismal. Seventy-two percent of the original low-performing charters remained in operation—and remained low-performing—five years later. So did 80% of district schools. (David Stuit, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, December 2010)...

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