The Achievement Network and the Aspen Institute released Common Core resources at an event co-hosted event titled “From What to How: Leading for Common Core Success at the School Level” on September 19, 2013.
The Boston Globe and Boston Magazine recently published articles featuring The Achievement Network (ANet) as part of a new initiative in Boston Public Schools supported by the Lynch Foundation.
Mora Segal, Chief Executive Officer at The Achievement Network, presented to over 100 philanthropic funders and advisors at the Scaling in Action portion of the 2013 Social Impact Exchange Conference.
"In addition [to other turnaround efforts], school officials talked about The Achievement Network, a nonprofit organization hired to assess student progress four times a year and to use that data to work with teachers to improve student learning. Understanding where students are having difficulty and getting them the right help is at the core of the turnaround plan, officials said."
The Achievement Network congratulates partner school Nashville Prep for their recent recognition as the highest performing charter school in Tennessee in 2011-12. The ranking is based on a study published by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education (CREDO) that compared performance data from students in charter schools with peers in district schools. The top performance ranking was achieved after Nashville Prep's first year of operation, making the accomplishment particularly impressive.
The test question showed a carton labeled “15 pencils.” “Sharif sharpened 5 pencils,” the question continued. “Which fractions represent the pencils that Sharif sharpened?” Fourteen of the 4th graders at Washington, D.C.’s Hope Community Charter School had chosen the right answer—1/3 and 5/15—on a test written for the school by Boston-based Achievement Network (ANet). But 20 chose the wrong answer, and two didn’t answer at all. So on a bright November afternoon three weeks after the test, Hope’s math specialist, Christine Madison, and two of the school’s 4th-grade teachers huddled over five pages of test-score data assembled for them by ANet. Hope’s Tolson campus serves 420 youngsters in grades PreK–8, almost all of them African American and two-thirds of them from low-income families. It is one of three D.C. charters that are operated by Virginia-based Imagine Schools and are working with ANet. The city’s charter board calls Hope “mid-performing”—about 40 percent of its elementary-school children and 60 percent of its middle schoolers are considered proficient in math and English.
The Achievement Network (ANet) is excited to announce Boston Prep as winner of the 2012 Education Impact Award for the Eastern Massachusetts Network. ANet is a national non-profit organization that supports schools to build a culture of data-driven instruction designed to increase student achievement. The Impact Award recognizes Principal Michaela Crowley and her team’s outstanding contributions to the Eastern Massachusetts Network.
John Maycock, Founder and Chief Growth Officer of The Achievement Network presents the Education Impact Award to the Boston Prep leadership team in the photo above. (From left to right: John Maycock; Timothy Suba, Math Department Chair; Michaela Crowley, Middle School Principal; Scott McCue, Head of School.)
Boston Prep opened its doors to other leaders and teachers in the Network by hosting the first ever Learning Walk – an event that invites leaders and teachers to visit each others’ schools to observe data-driven best practices in action. The Boston Prep team goes above and beyond to share their approach and cherishes feedback from others in the Network. They’ve been critical thought partners in how ANet schools can most effectively transition to the Common Core. Boston Prep leaders have shared their data-driven best practices at Network Meetings and their teachers contributed over 350 Math and ELA lessons to The Achievement Network and BetterLesson websites. They are effective leaders, humble practitioners and great neighbors in our collective charge to ensure all students achieve in our Network. Join us in celebrating Boston Prep’s contributions and achievements!