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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. 


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Guiding Principles
  • Establish a dedicated organizational infrastructure.  
  • Identify and address barriers to improvement. 
  • Increase instructional capacity. 
  • Increase leadership capacity.
  • Implement processes and practices to maintain stability. 

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