CCSD Turnaround Zone: An Overview of Outcomes

As a companion to our recent report, “The Impact of School Autonomy and Skilled School Leadership on Student Achievement: Lessons from Other States,” we examined data from CCSD’s Turnaround Zone, the only intervention currently in place for underperforming schools in the district. While acknowledging that the Turnaround Zone includes underperforming schools, data suggests that Turnaround Zone has not significantly changed the academic trajectories of the district’s worst performing schools. A review of district data suggests that despite higher graduation rates, the Turnaround Zone treatment effect has not provided graduating students with skills to ensure long-term post-secondary success, evidenced by lower college-going rates and higher remediation rates.