Petrides, L., & Nodine, T. (2005). Anatomy of school system improvement: Performance-driven practices in urban school districts. San Francisco, CA: Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education & New Schools Venture Fund. Retrieved February 15, 2007 from http://www.newschools.org/viewpoints/documents/District_Performance_Practices.pdf
This study is first in a series of three that seeks to examine how urban school districts across the country are adopting performance-driven practices as a means to raise student achievement levels. The study confirmed the following: districts are attempting to implement performance-driven practices in a variety of ways throught their organizations; becoming a performance-driven organization is closely tied to managing people and processes; adopting performance-driven practices is a district-wide effort; professional development is a crucial tool in the adoption of performance-driven practices; there is a dynamic relationship between district oversight and direction and site-based leadership in the process of adopting performance-driven practices; external factors have had a role in motivating many districts to focus on student achievement outcomes; and districts face significant obstacles in adopting performance-driven practices.
Expectations for Data Use, Leadership, Professional Development