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  • NC: Putting the best leaders in the neediest schools
    Summary: District officials in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools believe that effective principals directly impact student achievement and, as a result, are placing the district’s top principals in the neediest schools.
  • NC: Middle colleges make a difference for struggling high school students
    Summary: Disengaged and disconnected students find a way to shine at Guilford County (NC) middle colleges. The middle college environment, which is on college and university campuses, surrounds these students with positive role models; helps them acclimate to higher standards; and become, once again, engaged in school and learning. The result? Since 2000, the district's dropout rate has been cut in half.
  • NC: Using data and two-way communication promotes district improvement
    Summary: In 2002, the administration of Iredell-Statesville Schools made a commitment to broadly improve academic performance while keeping costs in check. They achieved their goal over the next five years by being in the top ten schools academically in the state using a variety of measures, and in the bottom ten for costs per pupil. The district also won the federal government’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Education. Administrators attribute the success to two-way communication with teachers and students and acceptance of the skillful use of data as tool to improve education.
  • NC: Smaller classes benefit Burke County students
    Summary: Reducing class size has helped this school district stay on track, even when its student demographic changed with more students speaking English as a second language and more students qualifying for free- and reduced-priced lunch. How did the district do it? By involving the school board and community right from the start. Read this story to see how everyone worked together on a feasibility study, finding funding, and securing extra classroom space, while at the same time helping to increase student test scores.

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