TCLAS ACE Restart a Struggling School (Implementation)

Restart a Struggling School as an ACE Campus (Implementation Only)

Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports (TCLAS) is a set of targeted supports available to LEAs to accelerate student learning in the wake of COVID 19. TCLAS New School Model supports provide deep 1-on-1 customized planning, community engagement, and implementation supports to help leaders establish a new school model
Restarting a school means there will be new teachers and new academic programming, providing a blank slate for the school community to improve student outcomes. Key elements of this process include:
  • ACE Restarts must implement the five core components of the ACE model:
  1. Strategic Staffing
  2. Instructional Excellence
  3. Extended Time
  4. Social and Emotional Learning
  5. Parent and Community Partnerships
  • LEA provides release time for school leader planning

To learn more about the requirements to implement this School Action, please download and review the TCLAS Guidance Document.
Restart a struggling school

Key Model Successes

Over the ACE Initiatives' first four years (2015-2019), 28 of the 29 campuses have seen the following results:
Met accountability standards from the state in Year One, often following several years of failure
Achieved student growth increases upwards on 67% in math and 40% in reading
Significantly reduced gaps in achievement, discipline referrals, and suspensions

ACE Model Spotlight:        Garland ISD

Garland ISD chose to restart Handley Elementary School and Lyles Middle School and implement the ACE model to quickly and dramatically increase student achievement and create a high performing culture. Garland ISD chose this approach after researching evidence-based restart models and visiting and learning from schools in Dallas and Fort Worth ISD who had implemented the ACE model with great success. Handley ES and Lyles MS both earned a “B” rating after 1 year of the ACE model following multiple consecutive years of “D” and “F” performance.


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