This article is written by a teacher after spending one year in a 'failing school". The author questions the data used to label a school as "failing". I suspect the author is correct: the equation for a student's success is complicated and involves so many variables we cannot put our fingers on. I am reminded of Einstein: Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. We need to spend more time understanding what failing really means; what succeeding really is and if/how to measure that. Real change happens at the micro level and starts with the relationship between the student and the adults trying to educate him/her.