Mapleton Public Schools: Radical Change, Modest Gains

As education reform goes, it’s a dramatic story. Small, inner-ring suburban school district lands $2.6 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant and national attention. District’s model of radical restructuring causes constructive disruption, and attracts top talent.

Where does Mapleton Public Schools stand just over a decade into its “Choices for Learning” reform effort? Have reforms significantly changed district and school culture and performance? This report looks at slow gains taking hold in the Mapleton school district, and highlights where the district should redouble its efforts.