Book Review: Adequate Yearly Progress | Roxanna Elden

Adequate Yearly Progress


BOOK: Adequate Yearly Progress

AUTHOR: Roxanna Elden


Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Published: February 11, 2020


This book is important in so many ways. The struggle between teachers and parents, the way we measure how kids are tested and learning...these are all things that are hot topics right now. Common core, for example, is hotly contested, as are charter schools. This book really brings to light the difficulties of navigating these issues within a fictional world of enjoyable characters.

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Short Synopsis (abbreviate from Goodreads):

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 school’s teachers face plenty of challenges of their own. English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-word poet with a deep love for her roots, can never seem to satisfy her students that she’s for real. Hernan D. Hernandez is confident in front of his biology classes, yet tongue-tied around the woman he most wants to impress: namely, Lena. Down the hall, math teacher Maybelline Galang focuses on the numbers as she blocks out problems whose solutions aren’t so clear, while Coach Ray hustles his football team toward another winning season, at least on the field. Recording it all is idealistic history teacher Kaytee Mahoney, whose blog gains new readers by the day but drifts ever further from her in-class reality.

And this year, a new celebrity superintendent is determined to leave his own mark on the school—even if that means shutting the whole place down. The fallout will shake up the teachers’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Received from Netgalley.

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