School leaders can close gaps in student achievement by reaching out to other schools and forming networks, enlisting the help of parents and other stakeholders, making professional development for teachers a higher priority, and using data to make better decisions about instruction.

These are some of the lessons learned from the Annenberg Challenge, the largest and most ambitious effort yet by a private foundation to reform public education. Its results should prove illuminating as school leaders embark upon the education reforms required by the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

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