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Virginia school drives up achievement with data-driven decisions.
March 1, 2009 ... Ocean View Elementary School Principal Lauren Campsen contends that there is indeed a silver bullet for improving education for all students--at least at her Norfolk, Va., school, where the achievement gap has been virtually eradicated. ...

Taylor Ray Elementary beats the odds, achieving near-perfect proficiency.
December 1, 2008 ... The numbers tell the odds facing Taylor Ray, a largely Hispanic elementary school in Rosenberg, Texas, 35 miles southwest of Houston: three-fourths of its 701 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch; more than one-quarter are English...

Blue Ribbon honor Crowns "a Cinderella year" for Conwell Middle School.
November 1, 2008 ... The leader of Philadelphia's Conwell Middle School is truly a homegrown talent. Born and raised only a block away, in the house where he still lives to this day, Edward Hoffman began his own education at Conwell in 1953, when it was an...

Stuart Elementary handles children, community with care.
October 1, 2008 ... "Today, class, we're going to cover SOL 3.1, scientific investigations," says Frenishee Smith, a third-grade teacher at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond, Va., referring to Virginia's Standards of Learning. "What do you have on your...

Booth Elementary puts reading first.
September 1, 2008 ... Despite the promises of his school's staff to get him the help he needed, Mary's 7-year-old grandson could not read. "I'm real stupid," he would tell her. "Everybody knows how to read except me. Kids make fun of me at school and stuff ...