Improving School Climate and Student Achievement in Low-Performing Schools

The Need

A troubling subset of schools and district in the West are stuck in a pattern of very low levels of student proficiency in core academic subjects, low levels of student engagement and attendance, high dropout rates, and high teacher turnover.

State and district leaders, school support providers, and researchers have increasingly identified negative school climate as a major barrier to school turnaround. California’s state superintendent declared improvements in school climate, school engagement, and student health a state priority.

Regional educators have requested assistance to improve school climate, especially in middle and high schools, as part of their school turnaround strategies.

Our Work

Our alliance among California and Arizona middle schools is examining data and developing strategies to improve school climate, student engagement, and student health and well-being.

The alliance is supporting state efforts to utilize school climate data in their school improvement efforts.