New Tech Network's
College Access Network for School Improvement
In September 2019, New Tech Network (NTN) announced a new initiative with three Texas school districts to improve college access by utilizing improvement science practices in select district high schools. The multi-year initiative is supported by a Networks for School Improvement (NSI) grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
School teams from Comal Independent School District, Ector County Independent School District and El Paso Independent School District will work together to identify and address common problems that impact students in pursuing and succeeding in college. Over the next five years, the improvement science efforts will scale to serve 50 high schools, with the aim of improving student postsecondary success.
This grant opportunity and improvement community will focus on measurable improvements in well-matched postsecondary enrollment rates for Black, Latino, and low-income students at participating network schools. Specifically, we will focus on:
- Financial access;
- The college application process;
- ACT/SAT readiness and support.
Participating teams will:
- Come together for three two-day convenings per year (two convenings in the first year) for the first three years.
- Hold regular meetings with internal school teams to ensure forward progress towards aims and measures.
- Engage in site visits and regular coaching calls and virtual interactions to identify, prioritize, and address areas for improvement.
- Collect, track, and share relevant data—disaggregated by race/ethnicity, gender, and FRL status—at key points in the year to assess impact and guide next steps.
OUR COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK
Within the three Texas districts, this work will impact more than 4,300 high school students in the first year and will expand to 50 schools across multiple districts in Texas. NTN has been engaged in district and charter school partnerships across Texas for more than 12 years. In the coming academic year, there will be 25 New Tech member schools in 11 districts.
Learn more about New Tech Network’s College Access Team.