<<The average student at the Waconda school district of 385 kids scores better than 90 percent of students in 20 developed countries on math and reading tests, according to The Global Report Card, published in the journal Education Next. In fact, Waconda is the second highest performing school district in math in the country, after Pelham, Massachusetts, an affluent community near Amherst College.>> [...]
<<The national education reform movement has focused on tying students' standardized test scores to teacher pay and opening up independent charter schools as a way to lift student achievement. But Travis says the district doesn't follow education trends.
"We don't believe in the next biggest thing or the next biggest theory. We've not made any major changes," he said.>>