Raising the Curve

Raising the Curve

A Year Inside One of America's 45,000* Failing Public Schools

Book - 2013
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"Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, CT, is preparing for the first day of a new school year and another chance to improve its failing scores on the annual statewide standardized test known as the CMT. The challenges are many, and for the faculty--whose jobs may depend on their students' ability to improve on the test--the stakes are high. Ten-year-old Hydea is about to start fifth grade--with second-grade reading skills. Her friend Marbella is a little further along, but she's more interested in socializing than in learning. And then there's Matthew, a second grader who began the school year below grade level and who, over the course of the year, slipped even more. In past years, these three students and many others would have received help from the literacy specialist Mrs. Schaefer. But with cutbacks and a change in her job description-the third in as many years-she won't be able to give all struggling students the same attention. This year, she will have to select the few students whom she and the teachers can bet on--the ones who are close to achieving proficiency on the CMT. The hope is that this strategy, though not ideal, will give them the boost they-and the school-need to pass the exams. And, for added measure, Principal Hay has already asked his faculty to teach to the test. Journalist Ron Berler spent a full year at Brookside, sitting in on classes, strategy sessions, and even faculty meetings. In Raising the Curve, he introduces us to the students, teachers, and staff who make up the Brookside community. Though their school is classified as failing-like so many others across the country-they never give up on themselves or on one another. In this nuanced and personal portrait, Berler captures their concerns, as well as their pride, resilience, and spirited faith"--
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780425252680
042525268X
Branch Call Number: 372.9746 Berler 02/2013
Characteristics: 250 pages ;,24 cm.

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Jane60201 May 03, 2013

I thought this was the current book about American high schools but I read it anyway. A well written story about elementary schools and their problems with testing low income children. Not much new that has not been reported in the news media.

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