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Officials with the Education Achievement Authority say they’re transforming chaotic, underperforming Detroit schools into orderly buildings, where students are learning at their own pace using individualized education plans instead of standard grade-level curricula.
A new principal walks the hallways, leading an entirely new teaching staff. Grade levels, such as first and second, have been removed from classroom doors. Children are identified and are learning by ability level, based on individual assessments.
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The teacher checks in with each set of students, asking them questions as the other groups work independently.
The new teaching methods are an effort to dramatically turn around the state’s schools performing in the lowest 5 percent.