clik3wWilliamsburg Collegiate Charter School, a member of Uncommon Schools, is the only school in New York City where every student in grades 5-8 passes the state exams. In grades 6-8, 75 percent of the students pass with advanced scores.

Mathematics teacher Eric Green attributes this success to high student motivation and engagement. "The traditional procedural approach to math education doesn't get the students thinking and therefore doesn't lead to a full conceptual understanding," said Green.

"At Uncommon Schools we're much more focused on the conceptual component than just showing students how to do...

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