"Failing schools are rarely improved or closed"
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- Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:10:40 -0500
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Failing schools are rarely improved or closed, study finds
Schools that struggle to meet standards rarely improve and rarely are
being closed, according to a new study that shows only 1% of schools
said to be failing in 2003-04 exceeded state standards five years later.
The study, released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Basis Policy
Research, studied failing elementary and middle schools in 10 states and
found that more than 90% of such schools remained in the bottom quartile
of schools after five years. Chester E. Finn Jr., the Fordham
Institute's president, said the research shows school-improvement plans
"just didn't work out very often." Education Week (premium article
access compliments of EdWeek.org)
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