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 school opened in August 2011 with 90 5th graders and will grow by one grade a year to eventually serve grades 5-12.
"Nashville Prep's commitment to success was second to none," said Kia Tate, Executive Director of ANet’s Tennessee Network. Kia worked closely with School Director and Founder Ravi Gupta to adopt a selection of best practices ANet coaches have identified at national and local ANet network schools. Kia, Ravi and Nashville Prep teachers dedicated significant time to item analysis, skill prioritization and unwrapping the meaning of state standards. Over the course of the year, teachers used ANet data points to create targeted student learning clusters for small group work to ensure all students mastered necessary skill sets.
Seven of ANet's nine partner schools in Tennessee were among the state’s top charter schools in the CREDO study. Other ANet partner schools identified as improving student achievement at rapid rates include Freedom Preparatory Academy, Liberty Collegiate Academy, Power Center Middle School Academy, Promise Academy, The Soulsville Charter School and Veritas College Preparatory Charter School.
The CREDO study examined effect size, which was calculated by measuring test score progress made by charter school students with test score progress made by similar students in district schools. The data is available here. For further explanation of effect size, click here to read a blog post on Tennessee's Achievement School District website.