When an individual school gets great results with a hard-to-educate population, it’s easy to dismiss the outcome as an unreplicable outlier. But a growing number of succcessful schools are setting up organizations to replicate their successes elsewhere. Can this work? News from that front…New Haven’s highly successful Amistad Academy’s offshoot posted great results in its first year, boosting its inauguaral class from 26% reading proficiently to 96% by year end. How does Elm City College Preparatory Academy do it? The principal’s reaction to the results pretty much tells the story: “We have 4 percent to go. We have four students who need to learn to read.” More about Amistad’s scale up plans here.
— Guestblogger Bryan Hassel, Public Impact