Every student is on track to graduate as measured by student growth and achievement at key milestones.
Strong Results in Elementary
Continued gains in reading
We continue to make gains in reading in elementary grades. In fact, over the past four years, over half of our elementary schools have outpaced our goals for reading and six have doubled it. Over a third of elementary schools also show double-digit gains for African-American students.
Boost in math
We’re also starting to see a boost in math results. The first cohort of 10 schools that utilized our new math curriculum gained eight points in proficiency and nine points in growth in just one year. African- American students gained nine points in proficiency in these schools.
Across the board progress for ELLs
We’re also seeing better results for English Language Learners across the board. These students gained 11 points in 3rd grade reading proficiency and 18 points in 5th grade reading over four years. Our focus on biliteracy and efforts to support English Language Learners are paying off.
Every student has access to a challenging and well-rounded education as measured by programmatic access and participation data.
Access to Advanced Coursework
We continue to offer strong access to arts in elementary and middle school, and saw a two percentage point increase in world language at middle school. We’re also undertaking work with Equal Opportunities Schools (EOS) to improve enrollment and support for students of color in Advanced Placement. EOS will work with schools to collect data and survey students, work with staff and counselors to develop plans to enroll more students of color in AP and advanced coursework and provide schools with support and problem solving as they implement those plans.
Every student, family and employee experiences a customer service-oriented school system as measured by school climate survey data.
- Focus on family engagement: Every school worked to build stronger partnerships with families this year and ensure those partnerships are linked to student learning. Schools put into use a variety of strategies including creating a family engagement team at every school, planning back- to-school events with a link to learning, beginning a new parent teacher conference model focused on how families can support their child’s learning at home and opening family resource centers. Ratings from parents improved in all five areas of the climate survey, including a 22 point increase on family engagement.
- School safety: 7 point increase for students and 19 point increase for parents