Mendez Middle Schools’ midyear data have officials hopeful

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About halfway into the first 90-minute class period of the day, students at Mendez Middle School get up and change classrooms.

Some of the students easily grasped the class’s learning objective – identifying metaphors – and moved on to another room to tackle their next assignments. But for the students who scored low on a five-minute assessment in the middle of the period, they spent the next 45 minutes getting more instruction on metaphors.

“Our instructional model is a little different than most schools,” said Zach Craddock, executive director of schools for charter school company Third Future Schools.

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