New NYU Steinhardt Study Highlights Successful Strategies to Turn Around Struggling Schools


Steinhardt's Research Alliance for New York City Schools released a report today, “Learning from “Turnaround” Middle Schools: Strategies for Success,” identifying conditions and strategies essential to boosting instruction and performance.


Today, the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, housed within the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, released the results of a year-long study examining strategies used to turn around several of the city’s low-performing public middle schools. Taken together, the study’s findings underscore the importance of strong leadership in ongoing school-improvement efforts.

“The turnaround strategies prevalent in federal policy are sweeping approaches to change—school closure, conversion to a charter school, or dismissal of the principal and teachers,” said Dr. James Kemple, executive director of the Research Alliance. “In contrast, the schools in this study significantly improved student performance without the infusion of new resources and without the wholesale reassignment of students, teachers, and administrators.”

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools conducted the study as part of an ongoing focus o 500

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