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Resource Title Characteristics of Successful Districts

The Wisconsin Department of Education's Characteristics of Successful Districts offers a set of rubrics that can help guide districts as they build on their unique strengths and plan improvement efforts. Building capacity for district and school improvement at the district level is a predominant goal in the development of these rubrics. The Characteristics of Successful Districts and its Self-Assessment process can assist a district in identifying specific areas to improve the support the district provides to its low-performing schools.

The characteristics of successful schools include:

  • Vision
  • Leadership
  • High Academic Standards
  • Standards of the Heart
  • Family, School, and Commujnity Partnerships
  • Professional Development
  • Evidence of Success


Resource Area(s)
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Fiscal Operations
Data Systems and Achievement Monitoring
Professional Development
Culture and Professional Relationships
Type of Resource
Research Findings
Best Practices
How to Do It
Format PDF document
Related Service(s)
Facilitating Planning
Building Leadership
Supporting Curriculum, Instruction and Intervention