Education Report Roundup

District Reform

By Linda Jacobson — June 06, 2006 1 min read

Ordering information for “Minding the Gap: New Roles for School Districts in the Age of Accountability” is available from Springboard Schools.

School districts don’t have to be “intractable bureaucracies” that resist reform, because there are many examples of districts that are playing key roles in improving schools, concludes a study of California school districts by Springboard Schools, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that focuses on raising student achievement.

The study included a survey of 115 principals as well as three case studies of individual districts. The results show that successful districts use testing as part of a process of continuous improvement, and those districts place a high priority on professional development. The study also found a balance between centralized and decentralized strategies.

A version of this article appeared in the June 07, 2006 edition of Education Week