Districts Rising

Boston Public Schools: Taking Success Into a New Era

Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Boston Public Schools has a reputation for being one of the most-improved and stable urban school districts in the nation. In July, a new Superintendent took the reins. How will he expand on Boston’s success while addressing persistent equity gaps and creating a culture of professional learning? We explain in this brief the school system’s plans to build on the past while positioning Boston’s students for the future.

This brief is part of the Districts Rising series. Each brief in the series tells the story of a school district and its efforts to raise student achievement and prepare students for college and career. The briefs describe the strategies that districts have employed to raise academic standards for students, improve educator effectiveness, and engage stakeholders in the design and implementation of new policies. Anand Vaishnav was the lead author of this brief.

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