Schools That Succeed, Students Who Achieve: Profiles of by James Deneen

By James Deneen

Colleges That be triumphant, scholars Who in attaining compares the educational achievements of scholars within the usa to these of scholars in different nations. interpreting basic questions and academic matters, James Deneen identifies what all scholars may still study and discusses what American scholars at present research. Deneen argues that failing faculties can turn into profitable through learning examples of winning faculties with comparable demographic beneficial properties. in this case, he provides profiles of ten winning easy colleges, seven heart colleges, ten excessive colleges, and 3 hugely assorted yet profitable college districts. The examples comprise a sampling of economically deprived in addition to prosperous and financially standard institution groups. This publication presents demographic facts, proof of scholar success, and outlines of courses that give a contribution to every university and district's luck, illuminating what profitable faculties do to enhance pupil fulfillment regardless of_or occasionally simply because of_their socioeconomic prestige. within the ultimate chapters of this ebook, Deneen describes the evaluate and evaluate of curricular adjustments and summarizes the rules and practices that paintings to create winning faculties.

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These youngsters are not candidates for special education classes: they simply need words, grammar, basic contextual knowledge, and the other language skills that enable them to learn and communicate. Let’s examine some elementary schools that have shown strong results in lifting the achievement levels of children: those who arrive poorly prepared to learn, and others in more advantaged communities. TEN SUCCESSFUL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Garfield Elementary School, Long Beach, California Garfield is a K–5 school in Long Beach, California.

The district’s number was 57 percent, and that for the state was 54 percent. Sixty percent of grade eight students met or exceeded state standards in mathematics, versus the district’s 47 percent and the state-wide average of 54 percent. Von Steuben’s professional development activities focus on ensuring that teachers make the connections, by grade and subject level, between state standards and the daily curriculum and lesson plans in the classrooms. The school uses the Open Court reading series; the publisher, SRA, provided two years of a staff developer’s time to coordinate training in teaching and assessing results of the reading program.

These readers and assessment materials are mandated by the Long Beach District; they have a strong, but not exclusive emphasis on phonics and the basic mechanics of early reading instruction. District and local school leaders ensure that teachers implement the standards-aligned curriculum and use the Pacing Guide the school district requires to keep lessons on schedule within each class and among classes at the same grade level. All fourth and fifth grades have reduced class size three times a week to permit specialists to provide direct instruction in writing.

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