Anything less than 99/100 students meeting standards on standardized tests is an epic fail for any teacher, school, district, state, or country. Especially given the massive amount of resources thrown at this effort.
If seven hours a day, five days a week, for 13 years is not enough to learn to read, write and do arithmetic then something is terribly wrong. I have never believed in homework and still think it is a demonstration of institutional ineptitude.
They ensure discipline is adhered to. This promotes equal treatment, honesty, and justice. They promote fairness in that everybody gets the same five minutes of one on one time in a one teacher with 24 students environment.
Northwest ISD has a six month process to get a kid into GATES. That does not provide the appropriate education for each child. We have been to four schools in three states and my child's primary teacher at Clara Love uses many of the best practices I have seen, like stickers and coupons and other positive reinforcement techniques. Her other teacher does not. The two good schools and the good teacher at the bad school, institutionalized parent/teacher communication into a binder that provided constant feedback. This school uses a folder and online tools that are updated infrequently. It fails to keep up. Like some weird Wickerman thing there is only one male in the whole school. I am sure this is causing imbalances in the policies and teaching. There are zero field trips. That has got to be really boring and must make it harder to make connections with things to motivate the students to learn. The school is okay and the other close schools are not really considerably better so I guess we will stay here as it is too much bother and expense to move somewhere with better schools.
When the teachers and staff care, the students learn. Clara Love is a wonderful example of what happens when parents can communicate their concerns and ambitions and find a way to work with the staff to help their children achieve at their highest levels. From gifted to academically challenged, the resources, curriculum and teacher creativity abound to help each child do their best. We are blessed to live in Harriet Creek and have our kids at Clara Love.