Hard recovery for failed US schools csmonitor.com
The Christian Science monitor has an article up on schools that have to go under administration for failing AYP. One of the examples they use is Sobrante Park Elementary School in Oakland Unified School District. The conclusion is that one reform doesn't work. Successfully transformation of schools has to include several reforms including changing the staff, revamping the curriculum, and other revisions.
They cited Sobrante Park as one school that was able to completely transform itself. Of course in the article, they never do tell us exactly how they managed to make the transformation, but they did give one hint.
The teachers adopted a more scripted and uniform curriculum, making it easier for them to collaborate and for the principal to evaluate them.
Sounds suspiciously like they adopted direct instruction.
The results: The school kicked ass in almost every grade, scoring above average compared to the state scores, despite being predominantly poor and minority.
You think all these media organizations would start to notice the trend.