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Reforming Hickory Ridge High School. A Presentation by Colleen, Jonas, Lindsay, Mark, and Michelle. Large urban school with 1,800 students 15% Special Needs 46% White 40% African American 12% Hispanic 2% Asian Iowa Test of Basic Skills mean score is up from the 45 th %ile to the 49%ile.

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Reforming hickory ridge high school

Reforming Hickory Ridge High School

A Presentation by Colleen, Jonas, Lindsay, Mark, and Michelle


Student demographics

  • Large urban school with 1,800 students

  • 15% Special Needs

  • 46% White

  • 40% African American

  • 12% Hispanic

  • 2% Asian

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills mean score is up from the 45th%ile to the 49%ile.

Student Demographics


Faculty demographics

  • Male 35%/Female 65%

  • Ages 26-40 45%

  • Ages 41-61+ 55%

  • Hispanic 1.3%

  • African American 20.6%

  • White 75.6%

  • Native American 2.5%

  • Bachelor’s degree 38.3 %

  • Master’s degree 56.9%

  • Education Specialist 2.4%

  • Doctorate 1.2%

  • Professional Degree 1.2%

Faculty Demographics


Things to know

  • Limited success with previous reform efforts

  • Concern over standardized test scores

  • Recently added computers, but with little utilization by teachers and students

  • Supportive middle-class parent group

  • High student turnover rate

  • Teachers held in high regard

Things to Know


The problems

  • Principal lacks understanding of student needs in the way of technology

  • Principal is not well-respected

  • “Fast-Trackers” and aging staff have not connected

  • Principal is perceived as critical and micro-managing by some

  • Little emphasis placed on innovation by teachers

  • New teachers do not understand the importance placed on parents and community

The Problems


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