What made this school different? How did it achieve such astounding success? Disregarding the flaws of the NCLB Act, let's look at a few items:
- According to parents and school administrators, the teaching is "relentless and consistent." Huzzah for that!
- The student population is 89% white, of course, but almost a quarter of the students qualified for low income meal subsidies. So how did this school do better than the quasi-elitist public schools of Montgomery County to my North? It inched it out by a few points, and I'm guessing it's because of the "focus on getting children to speak" Class participation, discussion, and peer-to-peer learning (all of which of stressed at Ocean City Elementary) are exceptional learning tools.
- One of the teachers said, "There isn't anything magical about what we do." They're obviously doing something right, though.