At M.S. 442 in Brooklyn, students are encouraged to focus on mastering a set of grade-level skills and moving on to the next set of skills only after demonstrating that they are ready. In these schools, there is no such thing as an A and there is no failing. The only goal is to learn the material. The system has already significantly increased competency in the middle school's students. In the 2013-14 school year, only 7% of students read at grade level, and 5% met the state's math standards. Two years later, 29% were proficient in English, and 26% proficient in math.