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Academically prepare all students for postsecondary education through rigorous curriculum and necessary academic support.
- Increase performance on standardized test scores.
- Reduce percentage of students with failing grades.
- Increase percentage of students who pass pre-algebra by the end of 8th grade.
- Increase percentage of students who pass Algebra I by the end of 9th grade.
- Increase percentage of students who take two years of math beyond Algebra I by the end of 12th grade.
- Increase percentage of students who are on track to graduate at the end of each grade.
- Increase number of AP/IB and dual credit classes offered and taken.
Ensure that students have necessary academic content knowledge and support for success in postsecondary education.
- Align curriculum with state standards, including Common Core, as well as across grades to eliminate gaps and overlapping in courses.
- Provide equitable opportunities for each and every student to access college preparation courses, particularly those from low-income backgrounds.
- Provide access to additional support for each and every student through regular tutorial periods before, after, and/or during school, as well as summer school for enrichment and remediation.
- Provide access to academically challenging courses such as a default college-prep curriculum for all, dual enrollment programs, and online or other distance media.
- Uphold rigorous performance standards for all students in all classes.
- Ensure that students understand what constitutes a college-ready curriculum.
- Utilize performance data to identify and inform students about their academic proficiency and college readiness.
Develop students’ learning skills, techniques, behaviors and character; provide just enough assistance for them to learn to do tasks themselves.
- Use advisories, ninth-grade academies, and senior seminars to cover goal setting, persistence, self-awareness, motivation, self-efficacy, time management, study skills, and other key non-cognitive skills.
- Encourage families to support college-going behavior by helping their children be organized, setting aside dedicated time and space for academic and college-related activities, and being intentional and mindful about the future.
- Help students develop their cognitive skills such as research, interpretation of data, communication, etc.
Provide professional development to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
- Offer professional development opportunities that explicitly address issues of equity in the classroom.
- Provide time for teachers to align grading policies across same classes/subjects.
- Provide opportunities to learn innovative and effective teaching strategies such as differentiated instruction, project-based learning, proficiency-based teaching and grading, etc.
- Offer professional development in social and emotional learning, and growth mindset.
- Ensure all educators understand the elements necessary for college readiness (i.e. the GEAR UP model, non-cognitive skills, developmental approach to college readiness, etc.)