Expectations not excuses
- Expectations means not assuming some kids "can't handle it"
- High-performing schools use many names for the importance of expectations—Effort-based learning, No Excuses, Always Try Again
- Results in high-performing schools show: expectations effect results
Every child can excel academically. We should accept no less.
By having high expectations, we give all children the opportunity to excel: after controlling for all other factors, teacher perceptions of students' classroom effort and behavior accounts for 42% of the black-white gap in realizing academic potential.
Schools that expect high achievement from their students—no excuses—have students who excel. Hiawatha Academies is a local school using the high expectations strategy to serve largely low-income students of color. Faced with an achievement gap, this school's 5th graders have achieved academic growth beyond the state average for the past two years.
Our kids can handle a rigorous education. Some of the state’s top students come from the poorest zip codes in the Twin Cities—students of color, from low-income families, many of whom do not speak English at home.
Let’s expect all children to achieve and RESET their future.