Diagnostic Reviews and School Turnaround

Focus on success with a comprehensive diagnostic review to identify obstacles and advance achievement.

Identify root causes, create your vision, and achieve measurable results

Cognia’s Diagnostic Review is an intensive and comprehensive review of a school or district’s leadership, learning, and resource capacity. The process identifies root causes for underperformance, guides improvement actions, and builds leadership capacity to champion meaningful change and effective continuous improvement.

Diagnostic Reviews benefit all schools—high and medium performers and those in school turnaround identified for targeted or comprehensive support.

When you partner with us, a team of experts and peers collaborate with you to identify areas of improvement and move students and schools out of underperformance. We guide and support the implementation of your plan. Cognia Performance Standards—which define the characteristics of high quality schools—provide a constructive framework for identifying root causes and determining steps for improvement. Let us help you cultivate a continuous improvement mindset.

Don’t take it from us—hear from schools that made a difference

Idaho’s Moscow School District (MSD) had a reputation as a high-performing school, yet during their continuous improvement partnership with Cognia, MSD increased the percentage of advanced students from 39% to 46% over a five-year period

In Memphis-Shelby County Schools in (TN), a pilot program elevated the participating schools from the bottom five percent of performers in the state and exited school improvement status.

Turnaround: an intensive solution

We engage two—not just one—Cognia teams to pinpoint the underlying issues and provide intensive on-site support to guide improvement. The diagnostic review team evaluates the school’s overall culture and climate using Cognia tools, simultaneously the turnaround team builds trust and observes teaching and learning in the classrooms. Then, the turnaround team works shoulder-to-shoulder alongside staff to develop and implement plans that address areas of underperformance as identified in the diagnostic review.

The dedication and commitment shown by the Cognia team have been instrumental in our schools' transformational journeys. Their unwavering support in providing innovative educational resources, professional development opportunities, and responsive customer service have significantly contributed to improving student outcomes. Cognia's cooperative approach, tailored solutions, and continuous engagement with our educators have empowered us to overcome challenges and achieve remarkable progress. We are immensely grateful for their partnership and look forward to continued success in our mission to provide quality education to our all students regardless of the zip code.”
Thomas D. Rogers, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent
Memphis Shelby County Schools (TN)
The continuous improvement model is not new in education, and it’s not new to people in our district. Since working with Cognia, what is fresh in Farmington is the consistency with which we’ve strengthened our systems instead of looking for a silver bullet each year.”
Nate Pierantoni
Director of School Improvement
Farmington Municipal School District (NM)

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