By The Numbers
- 2013-14 is YEAR 4 of our Challenge Network pilot cohort
- A+ focuses on 3-5 teachers per school at each of our 18 sites - impacting more than 4,000 students across the Houston area
- More than 9,000 students total attend these schools. By strengthening teacher practice, we have the potential to impact all of these students, PLUS future students of A+ teachers
A study of Year 1-2 data is currently underway - results will be available soon.
Early Successes from Pilot Year (2010-11)
- An independent analysis of student data by the Center for Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis at Penn State University “strongly suggests that the reform effort is having a positive impact on student performance.” Read the full report.
- 218 A+ Scholars reached the post-secondary readiness standard in the targeted subject. An additional 219 students came within one to four questions (out of 42-48) of achieving “commended” performance this year. All students continue to receive support to reach higher standards during this second year of implementation.
- At least 8 in 10 A+ Scholars surveyed reported that, because of their A+ Coach, they worked harder in class, don’t get into trouble as much, pay attention in class more, do better in class, understand the teacher better, and feel more confident about school.
Year 4 Strategy Highlights
- To ensure consistent buy-in by principals and teachers, the leadership teams for all Challenge Network schools first participate in A+'s yearlong Middle School Leadership Academy, laying the groundwork for success the Challenge Network's two-year intensive coaching process.
- To nurture sustainability, each CN school has identified at least one administrator and one school-based performance coach in each subject (literacy and numeracy) who together provide ongoing support for implementation of best practces, and who will help continue the change effort once A+ departs.
- Recognizing new research correlating traits such as perseverance, curiosity and grit with post-secondary success, A+ has redoubled efforts to help teachers foster these qualities in their classrooms.
Challenge Network Results
Independent Evaluation of Year One Student Outcomes (Dr. Ed Fuller, Penn State University)
Network and School Accomplishments (Houston A+ Challenge)