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When schools fail again and again under No Child Left Behind, the endpoint is restructuring. Schools can go charter, undergo state takeover, replace all staff, or follow “any other major restructuring effort.” According to a recent study by the Center on Education Policy in Washington D.C., most California schools choose the latter. And for most, it doesn’t work.
Only 5 percent of restructured California schools boosted test scores enough to get out of the No Child Left Behind dugout, researchers found. Education Week published an article on the study Thursday, noting that the state’s superintendent of public instruction, Jack O’Connell, will soon detail a plan to intervene in 98 school districts that have repeatedly missed No Child Left Behind targets.