The News

After years of low achievement and high teacher turnover, Mann Middle School saw a quantum leap in its test scores this year.

The Backstory

Mann has gone through the reform wringer. It was divided up into three schools, then reunited into a single school when three schools didn’t seem to work.

The Method

Teachers and the principal set out to replace small schools with a big school that still feels small, using human attention and hard data to track how students are doing.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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