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Superintendent Ash refocused Lexington school district on helping not the bussed-in Boston students but any student who needed extra help. He brought in nationally known trainers who helped teachers learn to collaborate and make better instructional decisions. As the collaboration took hold, not only did Lexington’s students coming in from Boston do better but all groups of students and Lexington shot to the top of the country in terms of academic achievement. As scholar Ron Ferguson says, “It can be done.”

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Listen to the other episodes in our “ExtraOrdinary Districts” series:

Episode 1 – How Do We Know Which Districts are Extra-Ordinary?

Episode 3: Steubenville, Ohio

Episode 4: Chicago, Illinois


ExtraOrdinary Districts was made possible with a grant from The Wallace Foundation, which fosters improvements in learning and enrichment for children from low-income families and encourages efforts to improve the recruitment, training, and support of school leaders.

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