New Tech Network, (NTN), today released its 2016 Data Report showing a higher than national average rate of high school graduation from NTN schools located in diverse communities across the country. Now consisting of nearly 200 schools in 28 states, New Tech Network’s strong student success continues to outperform national comparisons in key categories, even as 25-30 schools join annually.
“Our mission at NTN is to become a nation proud of its public schools,” said Lydia Dobyns, President and CEO of New Tech Network. “Our partnerships with public school districts and charter organizations drive everything we do, and together we are transforming teaching and learning around the country. Our shared vision for student success ─ college and career readiness for all ─ means we aim to graduate every student aware, eligible and prepared to pursue post-secondary education or training.”
New Tech schools outpace national averages in high school graduation and college persistence rates. New Tech students graduate at a rate of 91%, nine percentage points greater than the national average. Eighty-four percent of New Tech schools had higher graduation rates than the 2014 national average with 70% enrolling in college, on par with the national rate. Student experiences in New Tech schools result in students outperforming their counterparts in higher order thinking, growing 61% more in higher order thinking skills between freshman and senior years than the comparison group as measured by the CWRA+ and administered by the Council for Aid to Education.
According to Dobyns, college and career readiness for all students, and not just some, is an audacious goal. Compared to the national average, NTN schools eligible for schoolwide Title 1 had higher graduation and enrollment rates for the class of 2014. Nationally, in 2014, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds had a 4-year graduation rate of 75% and the immediate college enrollment rate for students from low-income families was 58%. For the class of 2014, NTN schools eligible for schoolwide Title 1, a United States Dept of Education program that strives for all children to have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education, had an average 4-year graduation rate of 93% and immediate college enrollment rate of 59%.
“Students today need the skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communications to be successful in their post-secondary lives,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith from Winton Woods City Schools in Ohio.
“New Tech students acquire content knowledge and develop the skills necessary to conduct inquiry, apply knowledge and solve real-world problems. Above all, our goal in spreading New Tech practices district-wide is to ensure all students achieve their highest potential,” he continued.
NTN schools serve more than 72,000 students in 119 districts located in 28 states and Australia. For the 2015-16 school year, approximately one-third of the network was composed of elementary and middle schools and 20% of the districts have multiple New Tech schools. Six states are home to 10 or more New Tech schools, with Indiana and California having the largest concentration at 29 schools each.
The students in New Tech schools are as diverse as the states, communities, and schools in which they learn and grow. On average, New Tech students are similar to students in the nation’s other schools, though they are more frequently part of low income families.
Kathy Gomez is Superintendent at Evergreen School District in San Jose, California, home to 20 middle and elementary schools including three New Tech schools: Bulldog Tech, Katherine Smith and Lobo School of Innovation.
For Evergreen, implementing the New Tech school model ─ that includes Project-Based Learning in conjunction with an emphasis on building student culture based on trust, respect, and responsibility ─ represented clear strategies for their students to develop social and academic self-confidence.
“Deeper learning outcomes are good for all kids. They promote agency, self-confidence, and lifelong learning with a sense of ‘I can figure this out’ whether it be a college pathway or a career access point,” said Gomez.
With a growing network, a proven school model, and a demand for more district-level support, NTN is acting as a catalyst for innovation and ongoing improvement. School districts are turning to NTN to support their efforts to spread innovative teaching and learning practices across multiple schools at all grade levels.
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