When Amanda Smillie (pronounced Smiley) was promoted from lead teacher at Williams-Sullivan Elementary School to principal, the school was the sixth worst performing school in the state. “We were under tremendous pressure to improve or else the state would take over and replace the staff and the principal,” explained Ms. Smillie. Five years later, Ms. Smillie is still in charge. In fact, during her first year as principal at Williams-Sullivan Elementary, the school increased its Quality of Distribution Index (the growth model used by the state to measure achievement and academic growth) from 81, which is considered failing, to 132, which moved the school directly into the achieving/successful column.

To complete the story, click Success at Williams-Durant

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