Schools that workHead over to Edutopia for some great reads with their special report on "Comprehensive Assessment". They selected NYC's "School of the Future" as an example of a school that works. We love this answer from Principal John Fanning, in this excerpt, about "how do you know" his students are being prepared for higher learning:
Q: How do you know that what you're doing here is preparing kids for more learning?
A. John Fanning:
The most concrete example is that when our kids come back from their first year of college, they thank us and say, "I can write a 20-page research paper and my roommate can't." It's an amazing skill. Also, they feel more comfortable talking. They report they are participating in class discussions and backing up what they say with evidence and that they feel very comfortable in their first year of college.
Orig. posted February 2011
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