The Florida State Department of Education has released its 2016-17 ratings for all of the public schools in the state, and five of the six EdisonLearning/Mavericks schools received the highest or mid-range ratings.
Unlike many other states, Florida law provides specific school improvement ratings for alternative schools that provide dropout prevention and academic intervention services. Instead of a standard letter grade, alternative schools may elect to receive a school improvement rating in lieu of a grade. The school improvement rating identifies schools as having one of the following ratings defined according to rules of the State Board of Education: “Commendable”, “Improving”, “Maintaining”, “Declining”, and “Unsatisfactory”.
The school improvement ratings are based on learning gains comparisons between the current and prior year. The percentage of students making learning gains at the school are compared to the percentage of students (from the same population) making learning gains in the prior year.
Andrews High School in Pompano Beach, Chambers High School in Homestead, and Main Street High School in Kissimmee all received the highest rating of “Commendable”. Mavericks High in North Miami, and Mavericks High in Palm Springs both received a rating of “Maintaining”.
Throughout EdisonLearning’s school network, there were 11 Graduation Ceremonies over the past month, representing 14 schools, and more than 1,000 high school diplomas were awarded. Congratulations to all of the members of the Class of 2017.
EdisonLearning Alternative Learning Programs Have Now Produced More Than 2,500 High School Graduates
Since EdisonLearning opened Bridgescape Academies in Ohio in 2011; the company’s alternative learning program has grown and resulted in more than 2,500 students earning their high school diplomas in six states.
Just as important as the total number of graduates, has been the progressive rise in the overall yearly graduation rate.
The 10 Graduation events, which will conclude this weekend in Dayton, have awarded 639 high school diplomas (nearly double previous year numbers) in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, as well at six locations in Florida.
As was stated in 2011, when the Bridgescape program was created:
“With the number one predictor of success in life being a high school diploma, EdisonLearning is accelerating its efforts to provide an effective and personalized program for those students who want to graduate from high school. The leading international educational solutions provider’s Bridgescape Dropout Recovery and Prevention Centers will provide at-risk and recently dropped-out high school students the chance to earn diplomas.”
Six years later, it is clear that the company is “advancing our belief that every student – given the right tools, support and environment – is capable of exceeding their expectations, and complete their high school education, giving them the ability to continue onto college, attend vocational school, or enter the workforce.”
Students at the Bridgescape Learning Academy in Chicago’s Englewood area have turned this year’s election into a social studies learning experience, thanks to teachers Ms. Van Meter and Ms. Owens. Not only did they come to understand the important role citizens need to play in selecting government officials, those who were eligible, actually took advantage of early voting to make their voices heard.
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network founded October as “National Dropout Prevention Month” and actively promotes solutions to increase graduation rates. The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is the most accessed resource in the world for dropout prevention, recovery, and reentry resources.
EdisonLearning is a proud supporter of NDPC, and Thom Jackson serves on its Board of Directors. EdisonLearning will also sponsor NDPC’s new www.dropoutprevetion.org website, which will be the premier clearinghouse for research, best practices, model programs, and networking opportunities for practitioners, policymakers, administrators, researchers and others who work with at-risk youth.
This week, EdisonLearning is playing an active role this week in raising awareness of the dropout crisis with the “Don’t Let Them Drop” art installation at NDPC’s national conference in Detroit.
In addition, EdisonLearning, CAOLA, and Global Learning Models held a session on Monday entitled: “Engaging Non-Traditional Students Through Project-Based Learning.” This session outlined how teaching and learning strategies, enhanced by interactive Project-Based Curriculum, are transforming the non-traditional learner experience.
Attendees had the opportunity to create their own mini-mastery project to better comprehend the non-traditional student’s attainment of critical thinking and analytical skills that lead to sustained success; by utilizing the project-based curriculum developed by EdisonLearning, Global Learning Models, and the Capital Area Immediate Unit’s online program - CAOLA.