Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden

Adequate Yearly Progress

A workplace novel that captures teaching with humor, insight, and heart. This perspective-hopping debut follows teachers at an urban high school as their professional lives impact their personal lives and vice versa.Each year brings familiar educational challenges to Brae Hill Valley, a struggling high school in one of Texas's bigger cities. But the school’s teachers face plenty of challenges of their own. English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-...

Details Adequate Yearly Progress

TitleAdequate Yearly Progress
Release DateAug 1st, 2018
PublisherRivet Street Books

Reviews Adequate Yearly Progress

  • Melina
    In Adequate Yearly Progress, teachers at Brae Hill High School deal with the changes that come with a new superintendent and a new school year. ▪As a teacher, I don’t think I’ve ever read a more realistic portrayal of teaching. The teachers created by Roxanna Elden are teachers represented in every public school. I was hooked from the start but was hoping for a little more in the ending. Overall a great read before heading back to the class...
  • Dora Okeyo
    This book served me a variety of characters that were quite similar to the kind of teachers I had in school. It's quite hilarious as it is thought provoking and I got to read a copy of it through NetGalley in exchange for this honest take of mine. I reckon teachers or any administrator who is familiar with AYP would enjoy this read, and so would anyone who's ever been in a classroom.
  • Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
    Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a copy of the book. As always, an honest review. Adequate Yearly Progress accurately captures what I would imagine it's like to work in an inner city high school. The story starts out a few days before the beginning of the school year. There's a new superintendent who is ready to make some changes. Maybe with the students' best interests at heart, but definitely with an enormous lack of experie...
  • Cindy
    Thank you NetGalley for the copy of Adequate Yearly Progress. What a great first novel to review! As an educator I was drawn to the title because of course AYP is an acronym that we spend a lot of time with. The author talked the talk of someone who has walked the walk. Her characters were so right on that I laughed out loud! The accurate depictions of teachers in staff meetings, in the copy room, and at happy hour were just perfect! The staff de...
  • Zakia
    This is a great read. I got to read an advanced copy through Netgalley. As a teacher, I found this book super relatable. Each of the characters reminds me of someone (or several someones!) I’ve worked with. There are a plethora of little details that filled my teacher’s heart. For example, there is a great juxtaposition between the two potential love interests of the protagonist. It is a small detail, that I loved, and the type of thing I wou...
  • Paula Pugh
    If you have ever worked in any business that always has some new program or idea that will improve, grow, better the situation/business, you will surely relate to this book. Even if you have not, you will engage with the story and the characters.The trials of four teachers and a principal at Brae Hill Valley High School are told as the new and improved year progresses and impacts each of them. I liked that Ms. Elden included the characters’ liv...
  • Andy
    Laughter may not be our next school reform initiative--though imagine all the hoot and a half inservice training days those comedic geniuses down at the school board could cook up if it were, but it will be your constant companion as Ms. Elden takes you on a magical journey where economy car driving teachers have their souls #2-pencil-tested away to justify the jobs of data-hungry administrators and bureaucrats. It's just like The Sound of Music,...
  • Ms. Dewsbury
    Love this book! The author does a great job with multiple perspectives of an interesting and believable cast of teacher characters. As someone who has taught for 12 years at three different schools, I think she nailed it!
  • Kathy
    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read Adequate Yearly Progress in exchange for an honest review. The book is a perfect story for any teacher or school administrator. Set in a school district in Texas that has a difficult time with student achievement, the book follows Lena, Maybelline, Hernan and Kaytee as they navigate through a new school year with a big-time new superintendent who brings changes to the d...
  • Ginger
    I love this book! The characters are so real and relatable, I felt completely part of their “lives”. I did not want to put it down.
  • Heather
    Adequate Yearly Progress is a great tongue in cheek story about working in a school today. The author’s experience in schools is obvious from the stereotypes she portrays to perfection. The over eager assistant principal, the different teachers, the disinterested students, and all the crazy acronyms are all present in today’s school setting. I spent almost a decade working as a school counselor and burned out more from the constant changes in...
  • Jennie Smith
    This is definitely the funniest book dealing with teaching I've read yet. I was a teacher for 6 years and I can totally relate to everything in here! The bureaucratic nonsense, the testing overkill, the student behavior problems that somehow become a reflection of the teacher who sees them for an hour and a half every couple of days...It's so relatable, but also hilarious. The humor is really snarky and sarcastic. Teaching is the backdrop, and pa...
  • Nadine Gonzalez
    Adequate Yearly Progress stitches together the private and professional lives of a diverse group of public school teachers. Whether they are trying to make a difference or just trying to keep it together, the characters come alive with heart and humor. While entertaining, Adequate Yearly Progress is also a critique of the underfunded public school often used as a pawn in local politics. Serious, sweet, and funny, this novel gets a high grade.
  • Jason Park
    A fictional yet witty and honest take on teaching and the American school system. My full review: