Urban school districts that use data-driven decision making and other tactics to spur system-wide reforms are more likely to achieve academic improvement than those districts that adjust solely on a school-by-school basis, according to a study released by the Council of the Great City Schools.

The survey, "Foundations For Success: Case Studies of How Urban School Systems Improve Student Achievement," takes a look at four of the nation's most rapidly improving urban districts: Houston, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Sacramento, and New York City.

Its findings indicate that some of the nation's urban


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