Raising the Curve

Teachers, Students-a True Portrayal of Classroom Life
Product Number: EB00396772
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101619636
Publisher: Berkley
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Description

Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, Connecticut, is preparing for a new school year and another chance to improve its failing scores on the statewide standardized test known as the CMT. The challenges are many, and for the faculty-whose jobs may depend on their students' ability to improve on the test-the stakes are high. Ten-year-old Hydea is about to start fifth grade with second-grade reading skills. Her friend Marbella is only a little further along. In past years, these students would have received help from the literacy specialist Mrs. Schaefer. But this year, due to cutbacks and a change in job description, she will have to select the few students whom she and the teachers can bet on-the ones who are close to passing the exams. And, for added measure, Principal Hay has already asked his faculty to teach to the test. Journalist Ron Berler spent a full year at Brookside. In Raising the Curve, he offers a nuanced and personal portrait of the students, teachers, and staff who make up the Brookside community, capturing their struggles as well as their pride, resilience, and spirited faith.

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Author(s): Ron Berler
Original Publish Date: Mar 05, 2013

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