Project: GDTF Policy Brief

Authors: Mark St. John

Type: Brief

Publication: November 2007

Building the Foundation for Raising Student Achievement: Investing in an Improvement Infrastructure (pdf, 6 pages)


This policy brief suggests a new conceptualization for the structuring and financing of the state’s school systems to support their continuous improvement. It presents a fundamentally different way of understanding and responding to the challenges of improving student achievement. The policy shift that is suggested in this brief is not aimed at any particular domain such as pre-service, curriculum, or assessment, nor does it draw on a specific research study or set of data. Rather, this brief is conceptual in nature, but it is also grounded in our experience of studying hundreds of educational improvement projects.

Intended Audience

Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Education Leaders, Science and Mathematics Educators, District Administrators and School Leaders, Funders, and general public.


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