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Norfolk Middle Schools Report

Norfolk Middle Schools Report

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 Improving Middle School Achievement in the
Norfolk PublicSchools
 
Report of the Strategic Support Teamof theCouncil of the Great City SchoolsSubmitted to theNorfolk Public SchoolsBy the Council of the Great City Schools
 
Summer 2012
 
Improving Middle School Achievement in the Norfolk Public Schools
 
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A
CKNOWLEDGMENTS
The Council of the Great City Schools thanks the many individuals who contributed tothis project to improve student achievement in the Norfolk Public Schools. Their efforts werecritical to our ability to present the district with the best possible proposals. First, we thank former Interim Superintendent Spencer. It is not easy to ask for this kind of review. It takescourage, openness, and uncompromising commitment to the city's children.Second, we thank the Norfolk school board for its support of this project and its patienceas the report was being written.Third, we thank the staff members of the Norfolk Public Schools, who provided all thetime, documents, and data that the Council needed in order to do its work. Their openness andenthusiasm were critical to our understanding of the challenges faced by the Norfolk publicschool system.Fourth, we thank the many individuals, groups, organizations, and associations withwhich we met. Our only regret is that we were unable to meet with everyone whom we know hadsomething valuable to contribute.Fifth, the Council thanks the Houston Independent School District and the RichmondPublic Schools for contributing staff members to this effort. The enthusiasm and generosity of these
school districts serve as further examples of how the nation’s urban public school systems
are working together to help each other improve student performance.Finally, I thank Council staff members Ricki Price-Baugh, Sharon Lewis, Robin Hall,and Denise Walston, whose skills were critical to the success of this effort. Thank you.Michael CasserlyExecutive DirectorCouncil of the Great City Schools
 
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Acknowledgments............................................................................................................................2Introduction ......................................................................................................................................6Goals and Purposes of the Project ...................................................................................................8Chapter 1. Background ..................................................................................................................13Chapter 2. Findings ........................................................................................................................41Chapter 3. Recommendations ........................................................................................................66Chapter 4. Synopsis and Discussion ..............................................................................................92Appendix A. Individuals Interviewed ............................................................................................94Appendix B. Documents Reviewed ...............................................................................................97Appendix C. Strategic Support Team Members ..........................................................................101Appendix D. About the Council ..................................................................................................106

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