If you’re a student, a parent, a teacher, or otherwise interested in education policy, you will soon likely hear about the latest fad in education reform ― ASDs. An ASD, short for ‘Achievement School District,’ is something modeled after ‘The’ ASD in Tennessee. Tennessee’s ASD was an education experiment started in 2011 where the state either took over, or turned over to charter networks, schools with test scores in the bottom 5% of the state. These takeovers are the school district equivalent of martial law. Most, if not all, of the teachers and administrators are fired.
But publicly available facts like this have played little role in the proliferation of such districts. This approach to school reform has been popping up in state after state. ASDs currently exist in Tennessee, Detroit, Nevada, Milwaukee, and North Carolina while legislation has been proposed to create them in Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Protect Yourself From ASDs | Gary Rubinstein's Blog: