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Great episode!

I especially loved listening to you honestly discuss your school's analysis of its flat growth line. I'm so glad that, as a community, you guys decided to change your mindset and start believing in challenging kids more. High-stakes testing is not without its [very serious] problems, but in general, high standards drive improvement (and as another high school English teacher, I agree--the MCAS is actually a good test of students' reading comprehension and writing skills). Having high-risk students living in poverty is NEVER an excuse for a school not to show any growth (though it MAY--again, MAY--be an excuse for some students testing below what the state considers to be a "proficient" level). I think the mark of a good school (and therefore the standard by which all schools should be judged) is the growth that students make while they're there.

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