Class Struggles 

by Jay Matthews

Another great book by the Washington Post education writer. Matthews spent three years studying "top-tier" public high schools, with a focus on Mamaroneck in N.Y. He looks at their successes and their failures, especially their "gate-keeping" that turns some students away from AP courses who would have been welcomed with open arms by Escalante. He suggests # of AP exams taken divided by the number of seniors as a measure for public schools.  My study of the performance of MNPS zoned schools against academic magnet schools, "On Meeting the Needs of High Achieving Students and the Desires of Their Parents", was influenced by this book.

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