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Assuring Needy Groups of Students Aren’t Overlooked

The school improvement debate is often centered on the lowest-performing schools, where the entire ship needs to be steered in a new direction.

But even schools that are high performing or above average and not consistently subjected to the spotlight have blind spots that need to be addressed, whether they be tackling gaps in test scores, graduation rates, participation in SAT or Advanced Placement courses, or absenteeism.

Moving the needle for struggling students in above-average or high-performing schools is at times difficult to start, in part because those efforts must begin with convincing school leaders that despite years, or even decades, of stellar overall school performance, they still have a lot of work to do to raise the bar for all their students.