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High School Turnaround: A Case Study

High School Turnaround: A Case Study
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Author(s): Rebecca Stobaugh (Western Kentucky University, USA), Wanda G. Chandler (Western Kentucky University, USA)and Crystal White (Kentucky Department of Education, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 26
Source title: Medical Education and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0978-3.ch039


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After implementing Response to Intervention (RTI), a high school in a rural Kentucky community made a dramatic turnaround within 2 years after establishing structures to support both teachers and students. The principal, special education director, other administrators, district personnel, school improvement specialists, teacher leaders, interventionists (i.e., a high school content area specialist), and school faculty implemented changes that were responsible for the turnaround. High expectations, a positive school culture, professional development, guided planning, student assessment, data analysis, research-based intervention programs, and a systems change approach are some of the contributions that led to widespread improvements at the school level and in individual student gains.

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