10/24/2013

Escondido Union School District in California has a history of low standardized test scores but also a reputation for employing top teachers -- with 10 Teachers of the Year coming from the district since 1977. "Some of the best teaching and the greatest gains are made in classrooms with the biggest opportunity gaps," said Jennifer Walters, superintendent of Escondido, where more than half of the students are English-language learners.

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