Doing a lot with a little

How can a school district improve academic performance while keeping costs down? Iredell-Statesville Schools in North Carolina has the answer. In 2002, the district made a commitment to achieving the above, and since that time graduation rates have climbed; reading proficiency is up; SAT scores are higher; and math, writing, and computer proficiency scores are so good that the district tops the state in meeting AYP goals. To top it all off, the district received the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Education, the highest presidential award for “organizational innovation and performance excellence.” Click here to read the full story.

Speaking of keeping costs down, do you know where your school’s funds come from and how they’re spent? Check out the Center’s guide, Money matters: A primer on K-12 school funding. —Pamela Karwasinski

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