One of the biggest problems with underperforming schools is the parental support and supervision. I have seen many many students that have the ability and intelligence to learn, but come from a home where they are not taught about taking responsibility and doing the work necessary to succeed. They know that the government will take care of them. There are hard working teachers that really are teaching and testing and giving homework and trying everything they can to inspire their students to learn. Anyone who has any real time experience in working closely with students knows that the biggest obstacle to a student succeeding in school is the attitude they bring from home.