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March 15, 2018

Show-me results: Missouri HS reading program yields fast, double-digit proficiency gains

Skeptics might reasonably argue that fixing a school’s chronically poor reading scores takes years, not months. But at Northwest High School in Hughesville, Missouri, a determined community of educators, students, and parents implemented a reading assessment and intensive intervention program […]
March 12, 2018

Having fun and closing gaps: The art of math, by a North Carolina PTA Teacher of the Year

Life can throw a lot at a third-grade student. In many elementary schools, third grade marks the start of letter grades, standardized testing, and state-mandated reading-proficiency requirements. In Title I schools, poverty and other issues at home often underlie and […]
February 27, 2018

Massachusetts urban district turns the tide with bold reform and assessment-driven instruction

As often the case in urban districts, the strength of New Bedford Public Schools has seemed inexorably linked to the ebbs and flows of the local economy. But a bold plan for education reform has helped this district break that […]
February 14, 2018

Improved K–2 assessments help charter schools achieve fast gains in early literacy

Teachers say it’s the look that can make them teary-eyed—that “I’ve got it!” expression when a very young student first recognizes rhyming sounds or suddenly makes the connection between letters and sounds. But getting to those moments can be challenging, […]
January 30, 2018

81,000-student Florida district boosts achievement and state ranking with spot-on K–12 assessments

Testing…testing…testing. Unfortunately, repeated testing is the only path many school districts see to improving student achievement and performance on state assessments. But not all tests produce reliable or actionable insights, and the hours- or even days-long process can be self-defeating, […]
January 18, 2018

New Jersey district with diverse population gets students to read 220,000 books

Jak było dzisiaj w szkole? Unfamiliar with the phrase above? It’s “How was school today?” in Polish, just one of the 65 different languages spoken in Clifton, New Jersey. In fact, more than 40 percent of the Clifton Public Schools […]
January 17, 2018

Reliable assessment data helps teachers at Delaware Catholic school personalize learning

When asked to identify her school’s most valuable resource, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Muir, principal at All Saints Catholic School in Wilmington, Delaware, doesn’t hesitate. “Our teachers. Traditionally, Catholic education has been synonymous with high-quality academics, a reputation built largely on […]
December 4, 2017

The Captain Underpants Challenge: 460 students, one week, two million words

As the story goes, it was the sound of snapping fingers that turned an ordinary school principal, Benny Krupp, into superhero Captain Underpants.1 But in Lakewood, Washington, it was the unusual quiet of 460 elementary students reading hundreds of library […]
November 28, 2017

At the NYC intersection of philanthropy, schools, and reading: 50,000 students benefit

William Ruane knew a thing or two about investing. A $10,000 initial investment in the Sequoia Fund that he co-founded in 1970 would be worth more than $4 million today. Under his cooperative management, the Sequoia Fund became one of […]