Stories from the Field

Both legend and history, dating back to when the area was settled in the early 1600s, surround Sleepy Hollow (NY) High School. Sleepy Hollow and its sister village, Tarrytown, bring to mind an idyllic vision of American life. Located on the banks of the Hudson River 20 miles north of...
Maplewood Richmond Heights launched a one-to-one Mac laptop program for the middle school in 2005 and for the high school a year later. The Mac Mentors/Help Desk Technology program was created out of the need for an on-site help desk. The help desk is partially staffed by high school students,...
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%...