Schools That Succeed, Students Who Achieve compares the academic achievements of students in the United States to those of students in other countries. Examining fundamental questions and educational issues, James Deneen identifies what all students should learn and discusses what American students currently learn. Deneen argues that failing schools can become successful by studying examples of successful schools with similar demographic features. To that end, he presents profiles of ten successful elementary schools, seven middle schools, ten high schools, and three highly diverse but successful school districts. The examples contain a sampling of economically disadvantaged as well as affluent and financially average school communities. This book provides demographic data, evidence of student achievement, and descriptions of programs that contribute to each school and district's success, illuminating what successful schools do to improve student achievement regardless of_or sometimes because of_their socioeconomic status. In the final chapters of this book, Deneen describes the assessment and evaluation of curricular changes and summarizes the policies and practices that work to create successful schools.
James Deneen is a consultant to schools and other educational institutions. He retired after twenty-five years from Educational Testing Service, where he was a program director for the Advanced Placement Program and the Division of Teacher Programs and Services. Deneen has also been a teacher and administrator in KD12 schools and has taught at several universities.
Part 1 Problems Chapter 2 Great Expectations: What Should All Students Learn? Chapter 3 What the Numbers Tell Us Chapter 4 Replicating Successful Programs Part 5 Solutions Chapter 6 Elementary Schools Chapter 7 Middle Schools Chapter 8 High Schools Chapter 9 Three School Districts Chapter 10 Evaluating Curriculum Changes Chapter 11 What Works?