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Student and TeacherIn the pursuit of educational excellence, Consortium members concentrate their work in four strategic areas aimed at achieving the highest quality public schools. These strategic areas help the districts recognize and act on key areas of emphasis to improve student outcomes.

  • Student learning
  • Innovation
  • Community engagement
  • Organizational strength and agility


The strategic areas also provide a framework for sharing best practices and strategies for continuous improvement. Results, insights, and best practices emerging from self-assessments are shared routinely across member districts. The Consortium uses the necessary bodies of evidence and a peer review process to identify and share promising, best and exemplary practices within and outside the Consortium.

The published work of the Western States Benchmarking Consortium is available from these links:

The Consortium completed their Future Directions work in Spring 2015 to guide future collaborative efforts.

Consortium members recently published their Instructional Quality Matrix (IQM). The Instructional Quality Work Group developed the IQM as a tool to facilitate conversations that are specific and actionable, aimed at Instructional Quality, and supportive of continuous growth in student learning.  The rubric supports patterns, processes and structures that improve instructional quality. It provides latitude for independent use in individual districts and supports specific needed changes within the context of each respective district. Reflection within specific domains should initiate vertical and horizontal work that brings users closer to exemplary practice.