This report synthesizes selected literature about district effectiveness in improving student achievement and identifies key characteristics of high-performing, high-poverty districts. Several primary themes emerged from the literature including: focusing first on student achievement and learning, having a theory of action on how to produce change, emphasizing data-based decisionmaking, and being committed to meaningful professional learning opportunities. The report discusses the limitations of the existing literature on the topic and provides additional resources that have been developed to help districts implement reform.
Toward More Effective School Districts: A Review of the Knowledge Base
CCRS Center Publication
American Institutes for Research