A little-known program has lifted 9th grade performance in virtually every type of school

The Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) program sticks to a simple motto: “Same Students. Same Teachers. Better Results." With this low-key saying, BARR has transformed the performance of students at a wide range of schools - from low-income, low-performing schools to affluent institutions. The key to its success? To start, teachers gather periodically to share notes, concerns and plans about each individual ninth grader.

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