New in TR3: School Restructuring and Redesign

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We've added a school restructuring and redesign section to our TRdatabase.  The new section includes districts' policies on teacher hiring, school schedules, compensation, and professional development for restructured and redesigned schools.  Sort and compare all of the policies we've collected for the Tr3 districts by building a custom report.

School restructuring has become more and more important since 2009, when the Obama administration revamped and significantly increased funding for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program.  SIG money goes to states and they distribute it to districts to restructure or redesign persistently low performing schools using one of the following models: turnaround, restart, transformation, or school closure.  The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 required schools to begin the restructuring process after failing to make adequately yearly progress (AYP) for five consecutive years.    

In 2010 states awarded $3.5 billion in SIG funds to districts; 70 of  Tr3's 113 districts received some of this money. Eleven other Tr3 districts have restructuring and redesign programs that they fund on their own.  Click here to see a complete list of Tr3 districts' restructuring and redesign models and which districts received SIG funds.

We were able to find documented policies specific to restructuring and redesigned schools in 49 Tr3 districts.  Out of these districts:

  • 35 percent give school principals greater hiring authority
  • 41 percent give teachers extra professional development 
  • 76 percent have extended the school day or year 
  • 59 percent give teachers additional compensation 

Tara Williams