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ERIC Number: EJ1063083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
What Explains Success at Success Academy? Charter Network Focuses on What is Being Taught, and How
Sahm, Charles
Education Next, v15 n3 p22-30 Sum 2015
Last year, 29 percent of New York City children were considered proficient in English and 35 percent in math on the state's challenging Common Core-aligned exams. For Success Academy students, the proficiency rates were 64 percent in English and an astonishing 94 percent in math. Success students in the city's poorest communities outperformed kids in the wealthiest suburbs. If the network were a single school, it would rank in the top 1 percent of the state's 3,560 schools in math and the top 3 percent in English. This article details what's going on at Success Academy. The author advances the discussion that, although more time and data need to be collected to declare Success Academy an unqualified success, there are clearly lessons to be learned for other schools. He calls for skeptics to put aside their pessimism and see that there are still things they can do within their own schools such as within the [teachers union] contract, the shorter school day, the quality of the literature, the way administrators work with teachers, and the curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York