So what, you might wonder, enabled the turnaround of this large urban school in which a third of students were dropping out and only a quarter were passing state tests? I'm glad you asked! According to the Times, it was this:
Susan Szachowicz and a handful of fellow teachers decided to take action. They persuaded administrators to let them organize a schoolwide campaign that involved reading and writing lessons in every class in all subjects, including gym. Their efforts paid off quickly. In 2001 testing, more students passed the state tests after failing the year before than at any other school in Massachusetts.
How about that?