Six ANet Partner Schools Win EPIC Awards
40% of EPIC award winners serving grades 3-8 are part of The Achievement Network
Boston, MA, March 9, 2011—New Leaders for New Schools (NLNS) has announced the 2011 Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) National Charter School Consortium Award winners, six of which are part of The Achievement Network (ANet). NLNS launched EPIC in 2006 to identify and reward school leaders and teachers in schools that are making significant achievement gains.
Winners were selected based on schools’ value-added scores, as calculated by EPIC evaluation partner Mathematica Policy Research. ANet partner schools represent 40% of the 2011 EPIC National Charter School Consortium Award winners serving grades 3-8, and represented 47% of the 2010 winners serving grades 3-8.
Principal Ben Klompus of EPIC Award winner Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School noted, "These results do not happen by chance; we have earned recognition from EPIC because we are able to remain singly focused on our goals. The Achievement Network has provided a powerful model that allows us to set high goals and measure our progress towards them. Our students' results demonstrate that these practices work when implemented with fidelity."
“Student achievement gains at Neighborhood House have been driven in large part by our ability to use formative assessment data to effectively target instruction for all of our students,” said Kate Scott, Assistant Headmaster of EPIC Award winner Neighborhood House Charter School. She continued, “Our involvement with The Achievement Network has made this possible."
ANet’s Chief Executive Officer, Ted Preston, commented, “These schools are proving that closing the achievement gap is possible. ANet is committed to translating these successes into system-wide gains through the sharing of best practices across our collaborative Networks of schools.”
The 2011 EPIC Award winners that are part of ANet include: Achievement Preparatory Academy (DC), Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (MA), Boston Collegiate Charter School (MA), Neighborhood House Charter School (MA), Red Bank Charter School (NJ), and University Heights Charter School (NJ). Each winning school’s entire staff of eligible teachers, instructional aides, and school leaders will receive individual financial awards, in exchange for sharing the effective practices that have contributed to the gains. EPIC is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund. Teacher awards range from $3,000 to $4,000 per teacher, and principal awards range from $8,000 to $12,000.
“The EPIC award recognizes the impact that these ANet partner schools are having on student achievement,” said ANet’s co-founder and Chief Program Officer John Maycock. “We see first-hand their commitment to sharing their effective practices across our Network of schools and this award allows them to share what works across an even broader network.”
About The Achievement Network
The Achievement Network (ANet) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2005, that works to close the educational achievement gap and help all students attain academic excellence. ANet enables schools to use data to increase student achievement by combining high-quality standards-aligned assessments in English and Math for grades 3-8, and educator coaching in how to analyze assessment results, identify gaps in student learning, and create and implement action plans to address these gaps. We also build peer Networks of schools that collaborate to share best practices and improve their use of data. In the coming school-year, ANet will be working with 280 schools in eight geographic regions serving more than 75,000 students. To learn more about The Achievement Network and our work, please visit our website at www.achievementnetwork.org