Over the past two-plus decades, at least three claims of education "miracle" have been perpetuated in the media and then codified in state and federal education legislation--the Texas miracle, the Harlem miracle, and the Chicago miracle.
What do they all have in common? The claim of miracle always falls apart when the rhetoric and advocacy are peeled back and the evidence is examined.
Some resources for examining the "miracle" phenomenon. . .and this is my call to refute both the claims and the pursuit of miracle at the expense of evidence and needed education reform:
What Do Test Scores in Texas Tell Us? (2000)
Chicago miracle? (2008)
Reconsidering education "miracles" (2010)