Reaching for Excellence: What Local Districts are Doing to Raise Student Achievement


This publication serves as a resource on student achievement initiative in this country and offers a perspective or framework through which to view them. School board members, administrators and staff members will all find the publication useful. Overall, the publication is divided into five sections:

  • Section I: Briefly explores the history of the current student achievement movement and the issues that surround it. 
  • Section II: Highlights the findings of NSBA's Student Achievement Survey, which used quantitative and descriptive methods to obtain information on districts' activities. 
  • Section III: Provides close-ups of eight districts and their student achievement efforts. 
  • Section IV: Summarizes many of the student achievement profiles not included in the previous section. These brief descriptions provide the names of school districts as well as contact names, phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Section V: Lists resources school boards can use to build a knowledge base on student achievement. 

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