Skip to main content

Guiding Principles for Improving the Lowest-Performing Schools in Tennessee


This brief explores state-led efforts to turn around low-performing schools. Distilling research on school reform from the past several years, including research conducted by TERA, we compile a set of guiding principles for state efforts to improve low-performing schools. These guiding principles constitute a coherent and interconnected approach to reform, all of which are necessary to improve Tennessee's low-performing schools. 

download brief

  Guiding Principles

  1. Establish a dedicated organizational infrastructure.  
  2. Identify and address barriers to improvement. 
  3. Increase instructional capacity. 
  4. Increase leadership capacity.
  5. Implement processes and practices to maintain stability.  

Related Content

Brief - Defining and Measuring Progress in Improving Low-Performing Schools

Brief - Creating Conditions for Effective State Support for School Turnaround

Brief - School Turnaround After Five Years

Brief - Driving Improvement in Low-Performing Schools

Brief - Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Tennessee's Achievement School District and iZone schools

Podcast - The TNth Period Episode 5: School Turnaround After Five Years