low-performing school http://wrkf.org en School Turnaround: How Did George Hall Do It? http://wrkf.org/post/school-turnaround-how-did-george-hall-do-it <p>Before the Mobile County school system reconstituted George Hall in 2004, less than half its students&nbsp;were on grade level. Discipline problems spilled out into the neighborhood. Its reputation had&nbsp;plummeted to the level of its test scores.</p><p>But as state Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice puts it, “It’s remarkable to think where they were eight years ago and where they are today. The&nbsp;demographics of the students have not changed at all, but their academic achievement has soared.”</p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:27:38 +0000 Dan Carsen 3566 at http://wrkf.org School Turnaround: How Did George Hall Do It? School Turnaround in Alabama: From Disaster To National Leader http://wrkf.org/post/school-turnaround-alabama-disaster-national-leader <p>The positive reinforcement that is a mainstay of classes at Mobile, Alabama’s George Hall Elementary mirrors the praise coming in from around the country. At least 95 percent of students here consistently score at or&nbsp;above grade level in math and reading. Educators <a href="http://decaturdaily.com/stories/Decatur-hopes-to-learn-from-Mobile-school,106169" target="new_window">from other districts </a>come to observe and learn. It’s been a national <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html" target="new_window">Blue Ribbon school</a>, a state <a href="http://alex.state.al.us/leadership/torch1.html" target="new_window">Torchbearer School</a>, and according to tech giant Intel, it&nbsp;has the <a href="http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/competitions/school-of-distinction/winners-and-finalists.html" target="new_window">best elementary math instruction </a>in the United States.</p><p>But it wasn’t always like this. Before 2004, its chronic “low-performing” status, behavior problems, and failure to teach the most basic skills were the norm.</p><div style="text-align: left;" align="center"><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:32:34 +0000 Dan Carsen 3513 at http://wrkf.org School Turnaround in Alabama: From Disaster To National Leader Mississippi School Leaps from 'F' to 'B' in One Year http://wrkf.org/post/mississippi-school-leaps-f-b-one-year <p>Failing schools can flounder for years. But occasionally a school will buck the trend and turn things around. Heidelberg Elementary in Clarksdale, Mississippi was once a&nbsp;failing magnet school. &nbsp;In a year’s time, it’s made one of the biggest test score gains in the state.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:57:45 +0000 Annie Gilbertson 3454 at http://wrkf.org Mississippi School Leaps from 'F' to 'B' in One Year Tennessee Elementary School Overcomes Low Test Scores and Violence http://wrkf.org/post/tennessee-elementary-school-overcomes-low-test-scores-and-violence <p>In Knoxville, Tennessee, one school climbed from the state’s failing list to a top ten list in three years. The <a href="http://www.southerneddesk.org/">Southern Education Desk</a> reports, as a new principal, Elisa Luna had inherited a violent inner-city school.</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:37:15 +0000 Christine Jessel 3415 at http://wrkf.org Tennessee Elementary School Overcomes Low Test Scores and Violence In Georgia, Turnaround High School Looks to Sustain Progress http://wrkf.org/post/georgia-turnaround-high-school-looks-sustain-progress <p>Three years ago, a group of the lowest-performing schools in Georgia began receiving millions of dollars in federal money to fund an ambitious attempt to improve dramatically. As those schools enter their final school year receiving that money, the <a href="http://www.southerneddesk.org/">Southern Education Desk</a> reports on one school’s progress.</p><p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:40:28 +0000 Maura Walz 3354 at http://wrkf.org In Georgia, Turnaround High School Looks to Sustain Progress