Teachers led effort to turn around struggling Mass. school

09/28/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A teacher-led push to include reading and writing lessons across all subjects is credited with turning around a Massachusetts high school that enrolls 4,100 students. Educators say the school, which has been recognized for its success, disproves the widely regarded theory that students at smaller schools perform better. "What matters is uniting people behind a common purpose, setting high expectations, and sticking with it," said a former state education commissioner.

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