A rural Arizona school uses data to personalize instruction for its high-poverty students and has seen student achievement soar.
Beyond Islands of Excellence: What Districts Can Do to Improve Instruction and Achievement in All Schools (2003) (PDF, 562Kb)
The report outlines lessons from five high poverty districts with a record of increasing student achievement. The report identifies a set of practical steps that schools and districts can take to move beyond a few excellent schools to success across entire systems.
Beyond Islands of Excellence – A Leadership Brief (2003) (PDF, 381Kb)
The Brief is geared to district leaders and policymakers and highlights key findings and recommendations from the complete Beyond Islands of Excellence study.
District Case Studies (2003)
The case studies provide detailed descriptions of the strategies used in each district to improve instruction and raise student achievement.