Student Achievement

A Data Partnership that Supports Nashville Students Beyond the Classroom

June 26, 2017 | Student Achievement

Schools around the country are using key data on students’ performance in the classroom to inform how they can better meet the needs of individual students. In Nashville, data are also improving how students are served beyond the classroom and in the community, thanks to the Nashville After Zone Alliance…

How Tacoma Public Schools Used Data to Track and Empower Student Growth

June 26, 2017 | Student Achievement

In 2012, Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) set out to design a data tracking system that would empower educators and students and communicate important information to parents and the community. Since then, graduation rates have risen 23 percent and the percentage of students accepted to postsecondary schools has doubled at nearly…

Teacher Appreciation Week: High Expectations Builds Student Confidence

May 1, 2017 | Student Achievement

Great teachers are a critical support in the bridge to opportunity that is public education. For these students from Manassas High School in Memphis, their favorite teachers support and motivate them with high expectations, and encourage them to be the best version of themselves they can be—both in and outside…

How High Expectations Lead to Student “Aha” Moments

May 1, 2017 | Student Achievement

I was first inspired to teach by my mom, a history teacher of 35 years, and by my 10th grade English teacher, Ms. Turnipseed. Now, as an English teacher at Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee, I enjoy the spark and “Aha!” moment on my students’ faces when they understand…

PIQE Supporting Families at School and Home

PIQE: Supporting Families at School and Home

February 20, 2017 | Student Achievement

Jose, the youngest of five kids, moved to Oakdale, California from Mexico when he was just 10 years old. He and his family stepped into a daunting new reality, facing heartbreaking setbacks. “It was a struggle,” Jose recalled. “Not only did we have to learn a new language, but my…

A Parent Academy Driving Toward One Goal: Ensure Students Succeed

February 20, 2017 | Student Achievement

The phrase “student success” likely brings to mind the image of a child in the classroom, putting pen to paper and working through complex math or reading comprehension problems. But it’s what happens behind the scenes—beyond the classroom walls—that can contribute to a student’s ability to reach his or her…

Employers and Families Teaming Up on Behalf of Students in New Orleans

February 20, 2017 | Student Achievement

For busy families, navigating the education system can be intimidating. This is especially true today, because as education systems continue to grow, support for parents to understand those systems is not necessarily keeping pace. A nonprofit called EdNavigator launched in 2015 to help address this very challenge. They began by…

Louisiana Supports Teachers with Aligned Instructional Materials

January 26, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

Busy teachers across the country work hard every day to help their students meet high academic standards. Many teachers report spending hours every week searching online for lessons and materials to use in their classroom, and some spend even more time developing and adapting materials to align to their state’s…

Merit Prep Personalizes Learning One Playlist at a Time

October 28, 2016 | Student Achievement

To get up to grade level in science, Amarachi Onyemaobi knew she needed to understand the systems of the human body. Just as importantly, she knew how long it would take and what she needed to do to master the concept. A freshman at Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark, New…

Investing in the Promise of Quality Personalized Learning

October 18, 2016 | Personalized Learning

People don’t usually look to places like Lindsay, California to find examples of extraordinary education. But extraordinary things are happening in this small town in the Central Valley. The students, almost all from low-income families and more than half English language learners, are engaged in their learning and taking ownership…