“Sustained Effort”: Professor Joanna Masingila Lauds SCSD Graduation Successes on WAER

Syracuse high schools seem to have right formula for graduation success, expert says

Joanna Masingila
Professor Joanna Masingila

(WAER | Feb. 21, 2022) A local education expert saw significant takeaways from the Syracuse City School District’s historic increase in graduation rates. The district recently revealed a 77% increase in graduation rates for high school students. Syracuse University’s professor of mathematics education Joanna Masingila, also a former dean at SU, said the school district’s focus on professional development and student problem solving is likely the right formula to lasting academic benefits.

“I think this kind of sustained effort than I’ve seen in mathematics, and I’m sure that has been happening in other areas too. I mean, for example, the information about the graduation rate among English language learners, that was phenomenal that it rose nearly 20% from the previous year. So, that shows to me that there is a systematic and sustained effort in really providing support to teachers and professional development and with everybody working for student success” …

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