ERIC Number: ED437488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
No Excuses: Seven Principals of Low-Income Schools Who Set the Standard for High Achievement.
Carter, Samuel Casey
The Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship is given annually by The Heritage Foundation to recognize extraordinary efforts by American citizens who are helping their communities solve problems the government has been unable to solve. The 1999 Salvatori Prize has been awarded to seven principals who prove that there is no excuse for the failure of most public schools to teach poor children. The seven winners show that all children can excel. The schools they lead score at or above the 65th percentile on nationally-normed examinations even though 75% or more of their students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The experiences of these principals show that there are seven common elements of high-performing schools: (1) principals must be free; (2) principals must use measurable goals to establish a culture of achievement; (3) master teachers bring out the best in a faculty; (4) rigorous and regular testing leads to continuous student achievement; (5) achievement is the key to discipline; (6) principals work actively with parents to make the home a center of learning; and (7) effort creates ability. A profile of each principal and a description of the school are attached. Each profile contains notes. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Low Income Groups, Parent Participation, Principals, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.