Driving Real Results
EDWorks maintains a network with the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative and Early College High School sites. Each site received intensive, on-site technical assistance, targeted professional development and frequent data collection and analysis, all integrated into a tightly-woven fabric of online and on-site support. After six years of intensive and productive work, the schools demonstrated significant results, which have laid the foundations for our New Start, Fast Track and STEMLab work.
New Start High School Transformations
- Overall high school graduation rates in these schools increased by 32% from 2002 to 2008. During the same time period, the state graduation rate increased just over 2%.
- The graduation gap between our high schools and all Ohio high schools closed dramatically between 2002 and 2008 by more than 73%.
- Nearly eight out of ten African-American students in these sites are graduating - a 29% increase from 2002 to 2008, surpassing the state's 64% graduation rate for African-American students during the same period.
- This increase in these sites happened at a time when the communities in which these schools sit moved from an average of 17% to 72% of students eligible for free and reduced price meals.
Fast Track Early Colleges
- These schools report an average graduation rate of more than 91%. In addition, more than one in three students graduated from high school with both a high school diploma and two years of college credit or an associate's degree. Others earned a range of college credits, shortening their time to degree complete after high school.
- More than 98% of 10th graders passed the reading portion of the 2009 Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). In fact, more than 90% of 10th graders scored proficient or higher on the OGT assessments in reading, writing, mathematics and social studies, outperforming the State in each of these categories.
- More than 96% of students scored proficient or advanced in mathematics on their first try, and more than 95% scored proficient or higher in reading and writing.
- 100% of graduates enrolled in two- or four-year colleges and universities immediately after college.
- Teachers report high levels of satisfaction, providing feedback such as: "As a humanities teacher, I worried that STEM education might mean a distancing from social studies and English language arts. What I’ve learned is that the humanities are the glue that holds us all together. We can be STEM focused and inclusive."
- New Start breathes new life into persistently under-performing schools by creating interest-based academies focused on personalized student achievement.
- Fast Track early college may be the answer to inspiring students to challenge themselves to go to college better prepared to earn a degree.
- STEMLab prepares the next generation of innovators by focusing on hands-on, inquiry-based learning in collaboration with scientists, engineers and mathematicians.