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Turning Around Schools with Low Achievement Rates Never Seems to Work

The overlooked truths about fixing schools are vividly revealed in an Education Writers Association research brief, “What Studies Say About School Turnarounds,” by Andrew Brownstein, a freelance journalist who reports on federal education policy. (Turnaround schools are those whose low achievement rates have been significantly improved by a change in operations.)

Brownstein said “successful turnarounds are extremely rare.” Veterans ofeducation reform efforts “might be forgiven for thinking of turnarounds as the unicorns of federal education policy,” he said.