Stories from the Field

Story posted April 22, 2014 This story is part of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program . Result: In 2012, the district had a graduation rate of 85%, up 15% from 2008 As of 2008, Muscatine Community School District’s leaders faced two challenges: only 70%...
"There's not a minute to be lost." That's the mantra in many high-needs schools today, where the pressures of high-stakes accountability have reduced the time spent on "untested" subjects and activities like art, music, drama and physical education. And perhaps no brand of school fun has taken the drubbing given...
Story posted March 24, 2014 Results: Enrollment has nearly doubled since the program started in 2002 with 225 students So far, 92 students have earned credentials with 18 diplomas, 73 GEDs, and one technical certificate. Kent Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas stopped at a gas station recently, where a young man...
Story posted August 11, 2011. Results updated February 25, 2014. Results: Students continue to perform well in both reading and math, with 91% at or above proficient in reading and 92% at or above proficient in math on the 2013 Alabama Reading and Math Test (ARMT), despite serving a student...
When the University of Pennsylvania decided to revitalize their surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhood of University City in the late 1990s, they knew they had to start with an outstanding neighborhood school. Together with the Philadelphia school district and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Penn designed and created the Sadie Tanner...
As superintendent of the ABC Unified School District in Southeast Los Angeles, Ron Barnes knew that averages can be deceiving. Home to one of the highest-performing schools in California, his school district's test score averages stood up well against state scores. Yet this small, urban district's overall high performance rate...
Story posted November 19, 2009. Results updated January 28, 2014. Results: Although Indian Springs serves a significantly higher percentage of low-income students than the state, they met or exceeded the state average on standardized tests in most grades and subjects and came within two percentage points in all others. In...
Story posted April 7, 2010. Results updated January 28, 2014. Results: • Lewisdale outperforms average state proficiency rates in all grades and subjects except one, with a significantly higher population of low-income students. • In 2013, 80% of 5th grade students scored proficient or above in science, up from 49%...
Fenway High has a unique history. It was founded in 1983 as a program for students in at-risk situations who were failing in the more traditional high schools. Fenway became a pilot school in 1995 and is now open to all students, serving a diverse population that is 44% African-American,...
There’s a real conversation-starter hanging on a wall outside the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System’s (CMCSS) board room. It’s a wall-sized poster of football players representing each of this Middle Tennessee district’s seven high schools. They are standing on the 50-yard line, in uniform, looking tough and determined, with game faces...