Case Study:Turnaround Elementary
Publication Type:Web Article
Year of Publication:2004
Mesquite Elementary opened as a new school in the Vail (AZ) Unified School District in 1999. Despite its high teacher turnover and transient population (60% of students are from military families), by 2004 Mesquite was one of three schools in Arizona chosen as a "Spotlight School" for best practices. This article at the WestEd website summarizes the K-8 school's "problem-solving approach to educational management." One key ingredient: "Vail School District funds a Student Data Coordinator at every school. Known as the 'Achievement Teacher,' this person is responsible for compiling and preparing student assessment data for use by teaching teams and administrators to inform instructional practices."
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