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  • WA: Granger high school grapples with the basics—and wins
    Summary: A no-holds-barred principal who doesn't accept excuses for poor student performance holds his staff and students accountable for learning improvements. Using data to meet standards, individual learning plans for each student, tracking students' grades and attendance, and a resource management team for especially high-risk students have turned this once failing school into one that raises the bar for all students, keeps them motivated to learn, and narrows the achievement gap.
  • WA: From battle ground to common ground
    Summary: Bringing in a new approach to communication this superintendent turned her district from one of divergent priorities, lack of trust, teacher dissatisfaction, low student achievement, and dismal community support to one of improved parent satisfaction, low teacher turnover, raising achievement scores, and declining need for disciplinary actions.

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