The district is also adding three math teachers' aide positions in the 2007-08 school year in the middle schools, has implemented innovative Performance by Design programs in the elementary schools, and working with elementary and middle school principals to implement other changes.
In any case, district officials are glad that the study was done; it allowed them to examine what they were doing and detect other ways in which education at both the middle and elementary level could be improved. The initiatives undertaken since the study was completed are sure to have an impact into high school and beyond.
"Our end game is to raise graduation rates," Patterson said. "We're working to improve student achievement. That's the most important thing -- graduating students who will then go on and be successful."