Assessments that Matter: Supporting At-Risk H.S. Students

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					Assessments that Matter:
Supporting At-Risk H.S. Students
       Academy of Strategic Learning
     Boston Day and Evening Academy
          Champion Charter Public
  Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School

        Dr. Michael Nakkula, HGSE

             Project for School Innovation
              NOTE: Some pictures of people in the original presentation were removed
                   For the posting to the ESE web page
Project for School Innovation




    PSI cultivates a grassroots network for
    public school educators to share their
    successes and drive school change.
       Programming

BOOKS AND            SUPPORT FOR
  VIDEOS              INNOVATIVE
            MODEL     PRINCIPALS
            SCHOOL       (SNIP)
             STUDY
            GROUP    SUPPORT FOR
            (MSSG)    INNOVATIVE
   PEER              CLASSROOMS
 COACHING                (SNIC)
Publications
                                               Brockton Champion



     Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School




Amesbury
Academy of
Strategic
Learning

                              Boston Day & Evening Academy
                            School Backgrounds
                               LMACS                   BDEA                     CCP                     ASL

Type of Charter          Commonwealth           Horace Mann            Horace Mann               Horace Mann
# of students enrolled   120                    324                    128 students, w/ a wait   49 w/ wait list
                                                                       list
# of staff               10 teachers/advisors   21 teachers/advisors   30 (including custodian   13 (including 2
                         2 support              13 support             and cafeteria worker)     part-time nurses; 2
                         2 administrative       4 administrative                                 part-time tutors)
Hours of operation       9:15 -3:45             9:00-7:00              8:30-2:40                 8:30-1:30
Curriculum /             Competency-based       Competency-based       Diploma Plus linked to    Experiential
Assessment type:         and traditional                               the MA Curriculum         Competency-based
Experiential,                                                          Frameworks
Competency–based
and / or
Traditional
Demographic:             50% White              66% African            47.6% African             99.5% White
1.Ethnic                 36% Hispanic           American               American                  .5% African
                         8% Asian               22% Hispanic           36.3% White               American
                                                4% Multi-Race,         12.1% Hispanic
                                                Hispanic               3.2% Multi-Race,
                                                4% White               Non-Hispanic
                                                2% Asian               0.8% Native American
                                                1% Multi-Race,
                                                Non-Hispanic
2.Free & Reduced
Lunch Population         62%: 52% F, 10% R      100%                   90%                       57%: 49% F & 8% R
The Educational Pipeline is Leaking
 For every TEN students who start
    high school…


 SEVEN will graduate from high
   school on-time


 FOUR will go straight to college


 TWO will complete an AA or BA
   degree within six years
             Source: National Center for Higher Education management Systems
Measuring Success
     Devise appropriate, viable and
     vetted systems to prove that our
     schools are an academic success
     and can be used as models on a
     larger scale
Project Objectives
   Develop Student Questionnaire that will gauge
    individual progress and efficacy of programs on
    students’ lives

   Use data to help allocate resources where
    needed most

   Collect data and analyze for broader use and
    impact
Sample Student Questionnaire
   Think about the next year of your life. List any hopes, plans, or
    goals you have for the coming year. For this question and all
    that follow, please list as many answers as you can.
    STEP 1 List                           STEP 2 Rank

   I am confident I will graduate from this school.
    1 2 3       4 5
   List the things someone needs to do to get into college.
   List the biggest problems you faced in your life recently or are
    facing now.
   What do you think makes a good job?
   In what ways has this school been most helpful to you?
   I am sure I can succeed in school, now and in the future.
Data - Results
- Students are highly focused on graduating from
high school and moving on to some form of
postsecondary education or advanced training;
educational advancement beyond high school

-Students view themselves as achieving most of
their goals and making a good deal of progress
both personally and academically

-Students feel supported in their educational
goals for the first time in their lives, or at least for
the first time in a long time
Common Challenges &
                Strategies
   Student Engagement
    (Culture, Curriculum, Commitment)

   Teacher Hiring & Retention
    (Professional Development)

    External Partners
    (District, Community, Other)
    Action that Matters –

Student Engagement (Culture, Curriculum, Commitment)
Teacher Hiring & Retention (Professional Development)
External Partners (District, Community, Other)

       CHALLENGE
       SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY
       NEXT STEPS - ACTION
Participant Generated lists from 10/20/08



   Challenges: No Funding / High Need
                      Motivation


   Strategies: Target Students most in need / at-risk
                    Leverage Service Learning
               Financial Validation for Internal Program Benefits
               Tie curriculum to vocational
               Flexible Schedule
               Combine Subjects / Compress Time
               Create “Community” Groups for 4 yrs.
Participant Generated lists from 10/20/08


   Next Steps: Try to integrate work experience with
    academics
   Assessment: How do we know? What do we want to
    know better?
    -  “Level” System
     - Global / Pathway perspective to success (whole picture
       from grade–to-grade)
    -  Crime is down
    -  When we receive gratitude within district for successfully
       working with students
    -  Suspension rate is lower
Assessments that Matter:

    Supporting At-Risk H.S. Students


 Academy of Strategic Learning
 Boston Day and Evening Academy
 Champion Charter Public
 Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School

 Dr. Michael Nakkula, HGSE

           Project for School Innovation
                    www.psinnovation.org

				
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