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Portfolio Districts

The portfolio strategy is a new approach to providing public education, with the goal of creating high-quality schools and improving student outcomes at scale. Paul Hill and his colleagues at the Center on Reinventing Public Education first coined the term portfolio management in the late 1990s. Districts that use a portfolio strategy are referred to as portfolio districts. This entry describes the seven components that define the portfolio strategy and the history of how the portfolio concept emerged. It also summarizes the arguments against portfolio districts and the research to date on outcomes.

The portfolio strategy gives schools control of budgeting and hiring and holds them accountable to common performance standards. Several large school districts, most notably New York City and New Orleans, began to implement ...

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