As Superintendent of a large, urban Unified School District, Dr. Harshman was the visionary behind Standards Plus. She believed every student could succeed, that the income of the family or the background of the student’s should not matter, and that all students should have equal opportunity to grade level standards that allowed them to achieve.
She provided the vision, the guidance and support so teachers and administrators in the district could design, and write Standards Plus lessons using research as the guide.
Following a district-wide implementation of the Standards Plus Program, the district gained national recognition and received two national awards for overall student achievement by receiving the national DISPELLING THE MYTH AWARD presented to her in Washington D.C. by then Secretary of Education Rod Paige, and the ALL KIDS ALL STARS TROPHY, both awarded by the Education Trust, established by the American Association of Higher Education.
Under Dr. Harshman’s guidance, the school district outpaced the average statewide student achievement growth five years in a row.