Their position is that all students deserve the best curriculum.
Though this program was initially met with resistance and even some animosity from both faculty and parents, it has achieved great success. They have virtually closed their achievement gaps with regards to the number of students graduating with a Regents Degree. Though there was initially a 60 point variation between their white/asian and their black/hispanic population, the gap is now less than 3%. How many districts can make claims like that?
Additionally, their highest and middle of the road students increased in academic completion.
To what do they attribute this great success? A variety of things, including teacher training, improvement in overall best practices, and a rigorous and relevant curriculum.
This is a revolutionary idea. Honors for all? Imagine the difference if lower achieving students were no longer placed on a trajectory that virtually ensured failure in educational endeavors? Imagine the difference in the life of a child if we truly believed that all students could achieve academic success?
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