Bringing the District Back In: The Role of the Central Office in Instruction and Achievement

This resource examines the role of the central office in improving instruction and therefore improving student achievement. Mac Iver and Farley-Ripple provide a comprehensive review of the available research (since the 1970s) on the role of the central office in student achievement. First, they review the research chronologically, and then by study type: positive outlier studies, district case studies, and comparative district studies. After completing the review and synthesis of the research, the authors point to gaps in the research and outline implications for future exploration. 120 pages.

Table of Contents
I. The District Context 1
II. An Overview of Research on the District Central Office 7
Effective Schools Research 7
Positive Outlier District Studies 14
District Case Studies 18
Comparative District Studies 22
III. The Roles of the Central Office in Improving Instruction and Achievement 29
Decision Making About Curriculum/Instruction 30
Supporting Good Instructional Practice 41
Linking Evaluation to District Decision Making 57
IV. Practical Implications for School Districts 69
A Model of the Central Office Role in Student Achievement 70
Implications for Practitioners 73
Implications for Researchers 77

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