Achievement Network

by MAPSA, on Aug 24, 2018 10:30:03 AM

Our network of over 500 schools serving 150,000 students gives us an on-the-ground view of how the implementation of the Common Core standards is playing out, and we have started to see glimmers of what is possible. However, we also are deeply concerned about ensuring that school leaders and teachers get the support they need to improve and adapt rapidly, ultimately to ensure that all students are making progress. Without more support, teachers will not be able to deliver the type of instruction demanded by the Common Core and we will not realize the promise of these new, more rigorous standards.

ANet has established a strong track record of high partner satisfaction, successful support for practice changes in schools, and achievement of improved student outcomes. Most importantly, our outcomes data are showing that our Theory of Change is robust: when schools leverage our tools and training to implement key practices of the Teaching and Learning Cycle, they are able to increase student achievement.

Since our founding, ANet has grown through two distinct phases: one in which we grew slowly and honed our model, and a second in which we grew rapidly toward scale. This was a deliberate choice; we wanted to make sure we got the model right before expanding. We declined invitations to launch our program in Washington, DC and other cities in our first three years so that we could continue refining and strengthening our model. Demand from schools for our support continued, however, so in 2008 we entered our second phase of growth. Since then demand has continued to be strong, with the lack of comprehensive Common Core support options for schools and districts fueling our growth.

ANet’s current school partners are 58% district schools and 42% charters, located in cities across nine states: CO, DC, IL, LA, MA, MI, NJ, NY, and TN. The Carnegie Corporation’s support helped us launch our newest geographic network, Colorado, last year and will help with the launch of our Ohio Network in 2015-16.

Across these varied geographic locations and types of schools, we serve a population of students living in low-income communities. Each of the communities in which we work is high need, particularly with regard to poverty and educational attainment. The vast majority of students in the communities we serve qualify for free and reduced lunch; in many cases, such as Springfield, MA, the percent of qualifying students is greater than 85%, and overall more than 75% of our students nationally are low-income.

How does your organization help with student achievement?

Achievement Network (ANet) has been working alongside educators to support effective teaching grounded in standards, data, and the practices of great educators. Our aim is to advance equity in this country such that every child, regardless of circumstance, attends a school where consistently high quality teaching prepares them to learn and access opportunities throughout their lives. A decade of working in schools has confirmed for us that teachers’ effective use of data and standards are essential catalysts to achieving this goal – especially in schools urgently focused on supporting their students to accelerate progress Our network of over 500 schools serving 150,000 students gives us an on-the-ground view of how the implementation of the Common Core standards is playing out, and we have started to see glimmers of what is possible. However, we also are deeply concerned about ensuring that school leaders and teachers get the support they need to improve and adapt rapidly, ultimately to ensure that all students are making progress. Without more support, teachers will not be able to deliver the type of instruction demanded by the Common Core and we will not realize the promise of these new, more rigorous standards. ANet has established a strong track record of high partner satisfaction, successful support for practice changes in schools, and achievement of improved student outcomes. Most importantly, our outcomes data are showing that our Theory of Change is robust: when schools leverage our tools and training to implement key practices of the Teaching and Learning Cycle, they are able to increase student achievement. Since our founding, ANet has grown through two distinct phases: one in which we grew slowly and honed our model, and a second in which we grew rapidly toward scale. This was a deliberate choice; we wanted to make sure we got the model right before expanding. We declined invitations to launch our program in Washington, DC and other cities in our first three years so that we could continue refining and strengthening our model. Demand from schools for our support continued, however, so in 2008 we entered our second phase of growth. Since then demand has continued to be strong, with the lack of comprehensive Common Core support options for schools and districts fueling our growth. ANet’s current school partners are 58% district schools and 42% charters, located in cities across nine states: CO, DC, IL, LA, MA, MI, NJ, NY, and TN. The Carnegie Corporation’s support helped us launch our newest geographic network, Colorado, last year and will help with the launch of our Ohio Network in 2015-16. Across these varied geographic locations and types of schools, we serve a population of students living in low-income communities. Each of the communities in which we work is high need, particularly with regard to poverty and educational attainment. The vast majority of students in the communities we serve qualify for free and reduced lunch; in many cases, such as Springfield, MA, the percent of qualifying students is greater than 85%, and overall more than 75% of our students nationally are low-income.

Contact Person: Lawrence Hood
E-Mail Address: lhood@achievementnetwork.org
Phone: (313) 600-5205
Fax:  
Address: 440 Burroughs
City: Detroit
State: MI
Postal Code: 48202
 
 

 

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