In response to the 5/24/11 post “A Look In The Mirror,” a LYS Principal writes: SC, You know our TAKS scores were not great. But we did have a 130% increase in the number of students who passed all sections of the test! SC Response Your campus is a great example of three important concepts. 1. Exceptional performance can be measured in various ways, but it must be measured. Yes, ultimately we want to stand at the top of the mountain. But the pace at which we are completing that journey is also a critical and valid measure. 2. The further you lag behind, the greater the gains that can be expected when you adopt a systems approach. That is the power of the Foundation Trinity and the Fundamental 5. As you and your staff experienced, we are not talking about double-digit gains. We are talking about more than doubling performance. 3. There are no throw away schools and no throw away students. But there are bad systems, poor leadership and overwhelmed adults. Address the adult issues and students will respond. Congratulations to you, your staff and your students. As you alluded to, you are only about 1/3 of the way to your ultimate goal. But your campus completed the first leg of the journey at world-class speed. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on! Follow Sean Cain and LYS on