Blueprint has a demonstrated record of proven effectiveness collaborating with districts and schools to promote rapid, significant and sustainable improvement in achievement in settings with significant populations of high-poverty students, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities. Through our work, Blueprint is supporting urban schools across the nation in closing the achievement gap. Here are some highlights from our work with schools across the country.
OAKLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Beginning in 2016 and continuing to the present, Blueprint partnered with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to deliver our Math Fellows Program. The Math Fellows Program began in 5 middle schools during the pilot year before growing to serve more OUSD students in 2017.
Results from the initial pilot year can be seen below:
PAUL A. DEVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (BOSTON, MA)
From 2014-2017 Blueprint served as the School Operator at the Dever Elementary School. For the first time in 20 years, Dever students' math performance matched or outpaced that of Boston Public Schools and state students.
See more of the tremendous results from the 2017 Next Generation MCAS:
Students in grades 2 through 5 at Dever Elementary School take the Achievement Network (ANet) assessment four times per year in both English Language Arts and Math. On the December 2016 ANet assessment, students in grades 2 through 5 matched the average score of 54 mostly Level 1, 2, and 3 schools in Massachusetts in English Language Arts (ELA) and ranked #7 out of 37 schools in Math.
As a result of 2016-2017 achievement testing, one out of every six students in the 5th grade at Dever is eligible to enroll in an Advanced Work Program when they matriculate to 6th grade next year.
BENTLEY ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL (SALEM, MA)
Blueprint served as the School Operator for the Bentley Elementary during the 2014-2015 school year and as a partner with the school, known as Bentley Academy Charter School as of 2015-2016 school year, until 2017. After one year, the school had the highest percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in Math in school history.
In English Language Arts, the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced on the 2015 MCAS was the highest in nine years (2006) and the second highest school history.
Student growth in ELA was the highest in seven years (2008) and the second best in school history.
After two years of partnership, Bentley moved from Level 4 status (chronically underperforming) to Level 1 on the Massachusetts Framework for District Accountability and Assistance.
During the final year partnering with the Bentley, the student growth percentile in 4th grade math was the highest in school history and the percentage of students scoring in the lowest category was the lowest in school history. The student growth percentile increased from 59 in 2015 to 83.5 in 2017 and the percentage of students scoring in the lowest category on the MCAS dropped from 12% to 0%. 4th grade students who met or exceeded expectations on the MCAS increased from 42% to 63%. The 63% of students marked the first time in the 20 year history of MCAS testing that the Bentley met or exceeded the Massachusetts average (49% in 2017). 2017 also marked the first year in school history that no students scored in the lowest category (warning) on the MCAS.
As a School Improvement Partner, Blueprint works in close coordination with schools, districts, and state departments of education to plan, implement, and monitor school improvement initiatives aligned to Blueprint’s five-strategy framework.
BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
In 2015, after two years of school improvement partnership with English High School, the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in English Language Arts (ELA) was the highest since MCAS testing began 17 years ago.
The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in Math was the highest in 17 years.
The percentage of English Language Learners scoring proficient or advanced in ELA in was the highest in school history.
On the 2015 MCAS, English High School had the highest student growth rate in Math in school history.
On the 2015 MCAS, 10th graders at English High School had the highest growth in Math in Massachusetts.
In 2015, after two years of partnership with Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy (K-5), the school ranked #3 for student growth performance in Math and #15 for ELA out of 87 schools in Boston that administered the 2015 PARCC.
5th graders at Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy had the highest math growth in Massachusetts during the 2014-2015 school year.
DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
In 2012, after one year of partnership, all schools in Denver that implemented Blueprint’s five school improvement strategies:
Outperformed Denver Public Schools in percentage point gain for students scoring either proficient or advanced in reading.
Three out of six schools ranked in the top 7% of schools statewide for growth in reading.
All partner schools ranked in the top 13% of 1,829 schools in the State of Colorado for student growth in math using Colorado’s Median Growth Percentile metric.
Out of 992 elementary schools in Colorado:
Green Valley Elementary School ranked #3 for student performance growth in Math and #49 for reading.
McGlone Elementary School ranked #9 for student performance growth in Math and #59 for reading.
Out of 336 high schools in Colorado:
High Tech High School ranked #5 for student performance growth in Math, which is greater than 98% of all other high schools in Colorado.
Collegiate Prep Academy ranked #25 for student performance growth in Math.
Out of 501 middle schools in Colorado, Noel Community Arts ranked #20 for student performance growth in Math.
Denver Center for International Studies ranked #64 for student performance growth in Math.
For the first time in its 33 year history, Montbello High School in Denver Public Schools saw 100% of its graduating seniors accepted to a two or four year post-secondary school in 2013.
ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Blueprint Math Fellows Program was implemented in 11 schools in St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) during the 2014-2015 school year.
10 out of 11 partner schools increased or maintained the school accreditation points earned for mathematics.
Seven partner schools increased their overall accreditation rating by at least one level and four maintained their previous accreditation status.
Four partner schools jumped two levels from “unaccredited” to “accredited.” Only eight total schools in all of SLPS achieved that distinction.