Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1993

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gregory S. Chan

Second Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson

Third Committee Member

David N. Shorr


Effective school research generally shows seven correlates that lead to increased student achievement. They are: (1) safe and orderly environment; (2) climate for high expectations; (3) instructional leadership; ( 4) clear and focused mission; (5) opportunity to learn, student time on task; (6) frequent monitoring of student progress; and (7) home and school relations.

These correlates, along with school visitations, seminars, and personal interviews juxtaposed with current reform practices already in place in the Central Kitsap School District were used to develop the Emerald Heights model for increasing student learning in Kitsap County. Topics, specific programs, district support, recommendations, and implications are discussed.