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School Improvement

School improvement team at work in cafeteria

Turning around low-performing schools

During the 2013–14 school year, 1 in 10 Northwest public schools is subject to federal requirements for school improvement. Although improving low-performing schools is a national priority, school improvement efforts in the Northwest face several unique challenges. Foremost is the high percentage of rural and remote schools. The isolation of many of these schools, and the large distances between them, often compounds the challenge of delivering educational services. Turning around chronically low-performing schools is not just a rural issue in our region but drives efforts in urban and suburban school districts as well.

Work in this priority area focuses on leading and sustaining improvement efforts in schools identified as needing corrective action or restructuring under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and in schools identified as “the persistently lowest performing” by state education agencies.


For customized assistance related to this priority area, contact REL Northwest’s reference librarian, Jennifer Klump.