In addition to a careful analysis of why Massachusetts leads the nation in academic performance, HOW It’s Being Done profiles in depth eight highly successful high-poverty and high-minority schools. Although the schools are very different from each other in many ways — they are rural, urban, and suburban; they are large and small; they are elementary and secondary — they all share five things:

  • They all have a laserlike focus on what kids need to learn
  • They all collaborate on how to teach it
  • They all use formative assessment to see if kids learned it
  • They all use data to drive instruction — to identify kids who need extra help or enrichment
  • They all work hard to build relationships and a culture of support

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Published: 2009

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