HOUSTON — Leaders of the largest district in Texas have approved turnaround plans for 27 struggling schools in an effort to avoid a state takeover or closures.

The Houston Chronicle reports trustees of the Houston Independent School District on Thursday approved measures targeting low-performing schools. Examples include adding staff, having more bilingual-certified teachers and focusing on students needing help in certain subjects, such as reading.

The Texas Education Agency in August warned HISD , with 215,000 students and 287 schools, to make improvements at some schools or possibly have managers appointed to run the whole district.

The plans target schools categorized by TEA as “improvement required” for between one and eight years — 10 of which could trigger a state takeover if their academic performances don’t improve this school year on standardized tests.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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