Education Trust’s 2008 Dispelling the Myth schools have succeeded in educating low-income, minority students:
· – Graham Road Elementary School in Falls
· – Norfork Elementary School in Norfork, Ark.;
· – Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in
Boston, Mass.; and
· – Wells Elementary School in Steubenville,
How do they do it? These schools have high expectations reflected in a rich curriculum, says Education Trust. Data is used to track student progress and individual student needs. Teachers’ ability to provide strong, focused instruction is supported by “purposeful” professional development.
I was very impressed by Roxbury Prep when I visited last year. Most students are behind when they start as sixth graders; they’re expected to average two years of progress every year so they’ll be at or above grade level when they go on to high school.