Saturday, October 21, 2006

Tyler Heights Turnaround

Thursday's Post had a story on the remarkable academic improvements that have been achieved at Tyler Heights Elementary School in Annapolis over the past seven years. Principal Ernestine McKnight has been credited for much of the success.

Despite the fact that the school has a large limited-English population (40%), amd a study body, three quarters of whom qualify for federal meal subsidies, the school has more than doubled its proficiency rate on the Maryland School Assessment tests, from 37 to 86 percent, since 2003.

Surely, there are many important lessons to learn by studying this example more closely. Kudos to Principal McKnight, and the teachers, staff, and students of Tyler Heights Elementary.

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