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Adequate Yearly Progress

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From the mundane to the insane, Adequate Yearly Progress captures the teaching experience with insight, humor, and heart.

Each year brings familiar educational challenges to Brae Hill Valley, a struggling urban high school in Texas. But the schools teachers face plenty of challenges of their own. English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-word poet with a deep love for her
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Rivet Street Books
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Theresa Alan
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though the tone of this book is light, what these Texas high school teachers are put through is decidedly bleak. I have empathy for teachers in real life and had a lot of empathy for these fictional characters. Theyre being put through the ringer by a business man/minor celebrity Nick Wallabee who is trying to turn teaching into a business through charter schools (who dont have to follow the standards of public schools and can essentially function as a way for con artists to make money). Also, ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a teacher in a public school and have been for the past sixteen years. It is like someone sat in my school, every day, for all these years, and then wrote a documentary.

And this is fiction.

I cant rave about this book enough. I loved it. I hated it. I laughed out loud and quoted passages to other teacher friends and teared up at passages detailing the struggles of students.

Every teacher should read this. Everyone curious about the struggles of teaching in public school should read this.

Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious because its all true. ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Adequate Yearly Progress, teachers at Brae Hill High School deal with the changes that come with a new superintendent and a new school year.

As a teacher, I dont think Ive ever read a more realistic portrayal of teaching. The teachers created by Roxanna Elden are teachers represented in every public school.
I was hooked from the start but was hoping for a little more in the ending. Overall a great read before heading back to the classroom.

Thank you NetGalley and Rivet Street Books for this
The Lit Bitch
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I worked in public education for twelve years and during that time I had a close friend who was a counselor in our Guidance Office. We would have lunch together every day and talk about how we needed to write a book about public education because people would never believe the things we have to go through on a daily basis.

In fact we stated keeping a list of things that would happen in our office each year and at the end of the school year we would go back and reflect on the year of weird things
Lisa Leone-campbell
Adequate Yearly Progress is an extraordinary look into a year in the lives of teachers and administrators at a high school in Texas. It shows the pressures which are put on teachers having their students score high enough on the yearly standardized test and the complications this pressure puts on them, administrators whose livelihood depends on high scores and the students.

Although filled with humor, the book explores the teacher's perspectives, both good and bad, in their classes, their

Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! I wasnt a fan of high school, couldnt wait until it was over and after reading ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS by Roxanna Elden, I guess high school life is still very stressful. Roxanna will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! What an awesome story. All of Roxannas characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will
Diane Yannick
This book was like an 8th grade grammar lesson that went off the rails.
Some of the initiatives started by the new superintendent are funnyuntil they arent. Satire would have worked but layers were added until it became weighted and absurd. A few acronyms are funny but a boatload are boring. The teachers were all stereotypes. We had Hernan, the socially awkward science teacher and Maybelline, the suck up who is loved by the administrators. We have the football coach who has a child with another
Lindsay Bolender
Oct 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I went into this book expecting, per the description, a juicy, immersive book about the dynamics of a team of teachers working against limitations to change the world. I was even prepared for it to be a fairly light read focused more on the entertainment value of students vs. students, students vs. teachers, teachers vs. principals, etc. Instead, this book tries for dynamics but reads like someone conducted one singular interview with one teacher (who possibly misunderstood a lot of things about ...more
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
If you are a teacher, you will love this book. Or it will make you cry. I'm not sure, because it was so on target about where we are with education and what teachers go through it was so scary, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Brae Hill Valley High School is a struggling inner city school in Texas. This story is told from the perspective of the teachers, at the front lines of education, as they attempt to navigate through every new initiative, every new mandate, every new test that is
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Hard to believe this book is fiction, because Ive lived through MANY of these chapters, including the starfish presentation. 😂

If you have endured any of the following situations, you should read this book:

*You are an educator who has felt the intense pressure that standardized tests bring.

*You are an educator who has had to take directives from professionals who actually dont have a clue what they are doing.

*You are questioning whether or not you should stay in education.

*You find yourself on
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really didnt want this book to end. The characters were relatable enough that when I got to the last page I felt I would miss them. This is a must-read for any public school teacher, or for anyone who would like a glimpse into the life of an urban public school teacher. ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adequate Yearly Progress

There were times when I taught when I was certain no one else knew what I was going through. It is strange that in a profession where you are surrounded by other humans all day long, that I could feel so lonely and isolated. Roxanna Elden gets it. Maybe because she taught for eleven years. That perspective I only get when talking to other teachers, I got here in this book as well.

The essential loneliness of the job came through to me. So many characters going through
Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden

This book is fun read about a group of Texas High School teachers and their daily struggles to survive yet another school year. To get the inside look, I knew that this book had to be written by none other than an educator as well. Though this is a fiction read, the message is clear, timely and relevant. There is a current battle between the public education system and the charter school system and what is the best education format for our children. This
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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It's really hard to give this book only three stars. I read it on the heels of finding out that, as a librarian who TEACHES CLASSES, I'm not eligible for performance bonuses by our school district. It's a tough blow and a lot of money I won't see. No matter how long I'm in the library, I was a classroom teacher long enough to never NOT feel like one. I was a highly effective teacher every single year, but suddenly, as a librarian, I'm nothing to my district administration. And even though that's ...more
Gary Anderson
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Roxanna Eldens Adequate Yearly Progress, the teachers, students, and administrators of Brae Hill Valley High School flail their way through another school year beleaguered by a new superintendent famous for his headline-grabbing books and his consultant minion who shows up at all the worst times in classrooms, locker rooms, and the teachers lounge. The heroes of this book are the educators who rebel against this years new instructional paradigms and the students trying to gain an education in ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
If you have ever wanted a glimpse into the daily life of a teacher, then Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden is the book for you! For the teachers at Brae Hill Valley, a struggling Texas high school, this year promises to be their most challenging yet. With a new superintendent intent on implementing big changes and new expectations in the district, the pressure builds to not only outperform other schools, but to outshine each other.

Oh my goodness, this book was beyond relatable to me. Is
Ms. Dewsbury
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! The author does a great job with multiple perspectives of an interesting and believable cast of teacher characters. As someone who has taught for 12 years at three different schools, I think she nailed it!
John Lamb
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the most accurate account of teaching I have ever read. Nothing too particulary dramatic happens but just an account of the daily humilations and tiny victories that go into being a high school teacher.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If youre an educator now or were within the last 15 years or so, youre most definitely familiar with these letters...AYP... Adequate Yearly Progress, and if youre familiar with that terminology, I have NO doubt youll be equally familiar with every aspect of this book by the same name...the people.the plot line the personalities....the politics...its all in there!

While Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden is a piece of fictional writing, educators across this nation will immediately get the
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What a smart, witty, and fun book! A tongue-in-cheek look at the shortcomings of school systems - especially when they're managed from the outside.

Although I'm not a teacher, I have plenty of family and friends who have had some strong words about the school system. Too many hoops to jump through, the hurdles to actually teaching the material when they're bogged down with test-prep, the likelihood of burnout, the range of attitudes and capabilities of the teaching staff, and the
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Well, this hit close to home! If you have ever worked as a teacher, you will completely relate to the ridiculous initiatives, the inexperienced "experts," and every single thing that Elden skews about school culture. It's a satirical novel about education but I actually recommend it for people who aren't teachers. In some ways it is too real for teachers to be able to laugh about. Read it and hug a teacher.
Dora Okeyo
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book served me a variety of characters that were quite similar to the kind of teachers I had in school. It's quite hilarious as it is thought provoking and I got to read a copy of it through NetGalley in exchange for this honest take of mine. I reckon teachers or any administrator who is familiar with AYP would enjoy this read, and so would anyone who's ever been in a classroom.
ElizaBeth Comencant
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy CRAP was this ever written by a teacher! I was alternately laughing out loud and banging my head against a metaphorical desk. The teacher's experience is SO frustrating, and rewarding, and this book NAILS it. Only a true veteran could have written such a story - I hope more do so, I was really entertained by the book.
GS Arnold
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book that Id recommend anyone interested in public education should read. Folks will think it is hyper exaggerated satire, but it is mild at best. Pretty accurately reflects the reality of a lot of high schools with shifting agendas and hopping on every new bandwagon.

Best part is no martyr teacher narrative (actually, pretty constant mockery of that idea)!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and all too familiar. This novel is so well paced that 100 pages went by every time I sat down to read. Teachers and non-teachers alike would love this book!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of a public school in Texas and their extremely hard year. Hard, not just for the students but for the teachers and the administrative board. There is a new publicity loving superintendent on board, someone with ties to money involved elsewhere in the education 'industry'. I do not have any direct involvement with teaching other than having been a student myself but hardly anyone would deny that a good teacher with the zeal to inspire their students are rare and need to be ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I have watched all the major career dramas of today that one can name, but never have I read one before...and overall, I have to say that I really loved the experience.

The novel is written from the perspectives of several different teachers (including the principal) of a public inner-city high school in Texas and explores their struggles with changing board-mandated expectations, weak academic culture among students, and balancing their personal lives.

In immersing its readers into the
Patti Hinko
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Pros: I felt anxiety as I read this book. It sounds strange to say that as a pro, but it is because so many of the feelings the characters had I've had in my job. I may not have experienced the same situations as they have, since my school is a completely different demographic, but I know the stress and anxiety of trying to teach, adhere to pressures, and try to have a life outside of teaching. Elden nailed how it feels and made me laugh at various points (the constant "reply all" chain being ...more
Kim Pet
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theres no surprise that this author was also a teacher, because it is clear that she gets it!

From the daily of getting kids on a roll, A-Ha! moments, then bureaucratic BS gets in the way.. announcements, writing BS on the board instead of focusing on what the kids need and addressing that,
administration that is more concerned with their status than actual students & learning, or those who have become experts and consultants after only teaching for 2 years!

Elden has it all covered from the
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Roxanna Elden combines eleven years of experience as a public school teacher with a decade of speaking to audiences around the country about education issues. Her first book, See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers, is a staple in school districts and educator training programs, and her work has been featured on NPR as well as in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, ...more

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