I work in a public school, but I teach in a small setting with children with significant disabilities. So, what I see is so different. We have smaller ratios. We are able to work more 1:1 with kids. The reason I wrote this is out of frustration with my own son. My child has struggled in math since day 1. Every night I reteach him everything he's learned in class. HE NEVER KNOWS ANY OF IT WHEN HE GETS HOME! NONE! We study for hours each day before each math test. He usually gets around a 60. To me this is actually success, because he's get a 0 if we didn't study so hard. His homework and quiz grades (quizzes are much easier) usually give him a passing grade in math. But, it's literally just passing. I had him tested for a disability (LD Math) a few years ago, and his math was comparable to his IQ which was 110. We work in the summer on math. We work over spring break on math. I have blamed myself. I have blamed my son. I have blamed the teachers (silently). But, my son is just ONE child in the public school system who isn't performing at grade level....who has never performed at grade level. He is seen as a success to others because he's passing (barely), and he has ME to help him. I actually had a teacher tell me once that she doesn't know what would happen if my child didn't have me to help. No one has every brought his math grade as a concern to me. It's usually me going to them. Why do you think school isn't working for some kids? What can be done differently to help these kids who have struggled for so long?