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Document Number: 6601

The Role of Districts in Fostering Instructional Improvement: Lessons from Three Urban Districts Partnered with the Institute for Learning - In Fall 2002, RAND initiated an assessment of three urban districts' efforts to improve instructional quality and school performance. This report examines the assessment's findings, and identifies: (1) the strategies the districts used to promote instructional improvement and how these strategies worked; (2) what constrained or enabled district instructional improvement efforts; (3) what the impact of the Institute for Learning (IFL) was and what constrained or enabled the district-IFL partnerships; and (4) the implications for district instructional improvement and district-intermediary partnerships. Also available is an executive summary. (Julie A. Marsh, Kerri A. Kerr, Gina S. Ikemoto, Hilary Darilek, Marika Suttorp, Ron W. Zimmer and Heather Barney, RAND, November 2005)...

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