Mission High : One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph
Kristina Rizga, a former education reporter for Mother Jones magazine, tells the story of Mission High, a culturally diverse high school in San Francisco with a low socioeconomic student population. Its students don’t score particularly well on standardized testing but the school has excellent rates of attendance, teacher retention and college admission.
In the process of studying what works Ms. Rizga focuses on the principal, individual teachers and specific students. She identifies a cluster of factors that make Mission High work. A fascinating and thought-provoking read.