Baltimore Sun on CEP Report: Fixing Schools Usually Fails.
Of the 76 schools labeled failing for at least five years, only 12, or 16 percent, have improved significantly since 2004, the Center on Education Policy found.
“Even in an advanced state like Maryland, that has tried to deal with these problems for a decade …we just don’t know what to do,” said Jack Jennings, president of CEP.
The most commonly tried solution – bringing in a turnaround specialist – usually doesn’t work.
So if we send a kid today to a failing school with all sorts of nice-sounding plans for improvement, she has an 84% chance of getting precisely that failing school with no improvement.
Any chance to X-Prize this problem?
Has anyone ever tried to send in the turnaround principal specialist plus a Delta Force of perhaps 10 to 20 “turnaround teacher” specialists who already know each other, who know what they’re up against, who can role model what the principal wants so all the teachers row in the same direction, and who can each train a student teacher to replace them?