"A funny but insightful look at teachers in the workplace . . . reminiscent of the TV show “The Office” but set in an urban high school."
– The Washington Post
“[S]harp and hilariously observed.”
– New York Post
"Roxanna Elden is one of the most practical, engaging and entertaining writers on education issues around."
– Larry Ferlazzo, Education Week
"An entertaining and humane story of what it’s like to teach high school. Already a hit with teachers when it was self-published in 2018, it will appeal to anyone who enjoys humorous workplace narratives."
– Library Journal
"In Adequate Yearly Progress, Roxanna Elden has written a smart, charming novel about the flaws and promises of our education system. I fell in love with Lena, Hernan, Maybelle, and their fellow teachers -- none of whom are perfect, and each of whom are doing their best (with admittedly mixed results). A laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely heartwarming novel."
– Anna Pitoniak, author of Necessary People and The Futures
"Smart and funny. . . .a gem."
– Steve Almond, author of Bad Stories
"Compelling characters and irresistable plot threads. . . . To read Adequate Yearly Progress is to bathe in a world of humanity that won't be soon forgotten."
– Jacinda Townsend, author of Saint Monkey
"A brilliant portrayal of our public education institutions. . . . Roxanna Elden's spot-on observations, penetrating humor, and deeply felt characters make for an immersive story that is as fun to read as it is enlightening."
– Natalia Sylvester, author of Everyone Knows You Go Home
“[A] humorous novel about modern public education... a welcome contribution to a field that lacks recognizable, complex portrayals of today’s teacher... as entertainment and a tribute to dedicated educators, the novel is entirely adequate.”
– Las Cruces Sun-News
“Provides readers an honest, panoramic view into the challenges modern educators face in districts across America.”
– Great Falls Tribune
"Adequate Yearly Progress is laugh-out funny in parts (the comments on KayTee’s blog are especially hilarious), somber in other parts, and you don’t have to be a teacher to enjoy this clever workplace book (but if you are, you will enjoy it on another level)."
– The Citizen (Auburn, NY)