Success for All

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Success for All (SFA) refers to standards-based Comprehensive School Reform curricula for early childhood through middle school, produced by the nonprofit organization Success for All Foundation (SFAF). Psychologist Robert Slavin of Johns Hopkins University founded SFAF along with his wife, Nancy Madden.

In 2010, Success for All received a nearly $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.[1][2]


The Success for All program was critiqued in Jonathan Kozol's book, The Shame of the Nation, as excessively dogmatic, utilitarian, and authoritarian. The Success for All program was also criticized in Kenneth Saltman's book, The Edison Schools, for undermining teacher autonomy, misrepresenting history and culture, and promoting a politicized conservative curriculum agenda under the guise of disinterested objectivity.


  1. ^ McNeil, Michele (4 August 2010). "49 Applicants Win i3 Grants". Education Week. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ "W. K. Kellogg Foundation Increased the Number of Children Who Are Reading Proficient by Third Grade for Young Students in Detroit". Success for All Foundation. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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