Adequate Yearly Progress

Roxanna Elden delivers a tongue-in-cheek look at the shortcomings of school systems – especially when they’re managed from the outside. A smart, witty, and fun book!

 

Synopsis:

Brae Hill Valley High School is a struggling public school in the heart of Texas. When the fancy new superintendent (with a binder full of fancy new ideas) sets his sights on improving the school by any means necessary, the fallout could be catastrophic for some of the teachers and staff.

 

Review:

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 abundance of frustrations with students and fellow staff. Adequate Yearly Progress addresses all these topics brilliantly, and with a healthy dose of snark.

I enjoy the wide range of characters – their approaches to teaching as well as life, what motivates them, and the bonds they form (or don’t). The way Elden wraps up each storyline feels just right and balanced. Nothing too drastic, but not everything perfect in the end…just like life.

Overall, this is a fantastic satirical look at the nuances of a public school through the eyes of its teachers. It portrays the dichotomy of teaching perfectly: the moments of pride when you know you’ve made a difference in a student’s life…that end up getting squashed by the things that completely suck the joy out of teaching.

Thank you to Atria Books for a complimentary copy of this advanced reader’s edition in exchange for my honest opinion. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Adequate Yearly Progress
by Roxanna Elden
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Atria Books

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Roxanna Elden delivers a tongue-in-cheek look at the shortcomings of school systems - especially when they're managed from the outside. Adequate Yearly Progress is a smart, witty, and fun read! I'm assigning you homework...of reading this book!

— Cassie
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