I soon became frustrated hearing, again, about the lack of academic progress and the seemingly constant excuse-making for failing to educate the children of my adopted hometown. Institutional and community memory is a funny thing.
Over the seven months that I studied them, I saw tremendous (statistically significant) growth in their vocabulary and reading scores. More importantly, I saw the lights come on when they experienced success for the first time in their academic career. I saw their trepidation turn to elation as they were able to engage in close reading of near- and on-grade-level text.