In January 2010, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) identified Central Falls High School (CFHS) as one of the state’s persistently lowest-achieving schools, which required the district to choose one of four turnaround models. The subsequent conflict and negotiation between the district and the union, which made national news, ultimately led to the adoption of the "transformation" model. The district hired a leadership team, which drafted the transformation action plan required by RIDE. This report from The Education Alliance at Brown University and the Annenberg Institute summarizes progress toward the goals outlined in the action plan and stakeholders’ perceptions of the first year of implementation, including challenges, opportunities, and areas for improvement.
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