A study of rural schools implementing one of four turnaround model under the federal School Improvement Grant program found that few rural schools fully implemented all the "transformation" model, and that implementation challenges were more common for strategies related to staff and community engagement than they were for curriculum- and data-related approaches. Findings include:
- More schools reported facing implementation challenges related to ensuring high-quality staff and engaging families and communities than challenges related to improving instruction.
- The more strategies for which principals reported receiving technical assistance, the more strategies they reported that their school had fully implemented.
Scott, C., & Costler, N. (2016). Reshaping rural schools in the Northwest region. Institute of Education Sciences.http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/MAY%2018%20-%20Rural%20SIG%20REL%20NW.pdf