Math teacher Darren is shocked to discover he agrees with his superintendent on No Child Left Behind. The supe writes to teachers:
As much as have concerns about the NCLB, I do give credit to this law for unveiling the performance of our subgroups, which is data that was once ignored in our profession. The achievement gap is incredibly difficult to solve, but as long as there are schools that have managed to close or even eliminate the gap (such as the Ralph J. Bunche School in Compton) then we must continue to believe that this is possible and to strive to make it happen.
Again, I recommend Karin Chenoweth’s It’s Being Done, which profiles more than a dozen non-choice public schools that are closing or eliminating the achievement gap. It takes gutsy leaders like this superintendent and teachers like Darren.