New Technology High School Alumni Study
ROCKMAN ET AL conducted a six-month study of New Technology High School (NTHS) alumni for the New Technology Foundation (NTF). The study was designed to gather feedback from NTHS graduates regarding their postsecondary education and/or career, 21st Century skills, knowledge and use of technology, and on what they valued most about their NTHS experience. Results of the study will provide insights for other schools in the NTHS Network and for those interested in adopting its principles.
Evaluators met with NTF representatives to design a survey specifically for NTHS graduates. Both quantitative and qualitative feedback was collected from the 244 responding alumni. Questions focused on alumni’s postsecondary education, job/career status, overall preparation from attending NTHS, technology skills and use preparation, and on the impact of the NTHS program on their postsecondary education and career.
Requests were sent to 658 graduates of New Technology High School. A total of 244 alumni responded to the request to complete an online or paper survey, yielding a response rate of 37%. The initial response rate was lower, but a sample of nonrespondents was surveyed again and increased our confidence in the reported data provided by more than one-third of the school’s alumni.
Findings NTHS believes that an effective education should include the key elements of a 21st Century education. These elements enhance the core academic subjects while motivating and engaging students through real-world examples and applications. Students learn
NTHS believes that an effective education should include the key elements of a 21st Century education. These elements enhance the core academic subjects while motivating and engaging students through real-world examples and applications. Students learn problem-solving and communication skills, interpersonal and information skills, and use 21st Century tools within the content and context of their high school program.