Feb 16, 2015
Sue Szachowicz was a student, teacher, assistant principal, and
principal at Brockton High
Article about the success of
Brockton High School.
New York Times article. Letters
to the Editor.
State Tests started in 1993 in Massachusetts and the school was
living in denial of whether or not the state would deny a diploma
based on the state test. Why would a student continue going to
school if they know they are not going to get a diploma?
- How to create a sense of urgency when it doesn’t seem like
there is one.
- Front page of the Boston Globe in 1999, failing our kids.
- Is this the best we can be?
- Creating a restructuring committee - meeting over the
- Looked at the released test questions.
- Major Fail - Shakespeare Focus
- It can’t be about a test.
- What are the skills kids need to be successful on this test AND
what are the skills kids need to be successful in their classes AND
what are the skills kids need to be successful in their lives?
- Answer to these questions led to a school-wide literacy
- What is missing from your class, and what do we need to say
differently so it passes the 7–11 test?
- Skill is the centerpiece, context is the supporting
- How do you bring literacy to life in the classroom.
- Wanted to pick something that was easily measurable in all
- Active reading, followed by writing a response to the
- Writing is thinking.
- Teachers taught other teachers how to implement writing
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