The Challenge is Real
New research shows that middle school students who simply pass state tests in 8th grade may have as low as a 15 percent chance of being on track for post-secondary success by the time they are in 11th grade.
Students who achieve at higher levels in 8th grade are UP TO FIVE TIMES AS LIKELY to remain on track for success through high school, and graduate prepared for college and a well-paying career.
From Good to Great
A primary goal of the Challenge Network is to help schools significantly increase the number of students who are not just "proficient", but who are on track to be truly ready for post-secondary success.
Another main goal of the initiative is to increase the capacity of teachers and school leaders, in order to sustain gains beyond the two years of assistance from A+.
Read more in Initiative Overview.
Schools of the Challenge Network
To help prepare more students for post-secondary success, 18 middle school campuses from across the region are taking part in the Challenge Network this school year (2013-14).
A+ Coaches for leadership, literacy and mathematics work with teachers and school leaders at each Challenge Network school, to strengthen leadership and teaching, increase student achievement, and improve the college-going culture on campus.
Want more information? See our Year One Results. See See
A Day in the Life of the Challenge Network
Meet Christopher Perez, a so-called "average" student who is benefiting from personalized attention, extra time on task, academic enrichment and social-emotional support.