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Sousa Middle School


Washington, D.C.

In 2008, only 23 percent of Sousa Middle School's students were proficient in reading; 17 percent in math. In 2009, the school implemented the School Improvement Grant (SIG) transformation model, bringing in a new principal, two new assistant principals, two instructional coaches, and a special education coordinator. The following year, new teachers were hired, and a legal PTA was established to make parents and the community more involved.

Over the past two years, reading scores have jumped to 39 percent, and math to 42 percent, earning Sousa Middle School the biggest achievement gains of any Washington, D.C. middle school.

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