Shannon, G. S., & Bylsma, P. (2004, October). Characteristics of improved school districts: Themes from research. Olympia, Washington: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The purpose of this report is to examine the characteristics and practices of improved school districts to better understand the link between district policy/practice and student learning outcomes. Researchers examined more than 80 research reports and articles exploring district qualities and student achievement and grouped themes into four categories: 1) effective leadership; 2) quality teaching and learning; 3) support for system-wide improvement; and 4) clear and collaborative relationships. Each category is featured in a chapter providing definitions, descriptions, and examples from research. The report concludes with directions for future research. Appendices include a description of methodology, a matrix describing research studies reviewed, and selected annotated studies about improved school districts.