Advanced Instructional System

Students of color and youth attending high-poverty schools are more likely to endure cycles of skills remediation. Disrupting these cycles will require school and district leaders to redesign instruction, address outdated school structures, and provide personalized support for students and teachers. Schools can – and should – accelerate student learning, meeting students where they are and ensuring that they perform up to their level of capability. Integrating practical and work-aligned experiences into the curriculum should increase the relevance of accelerated learning opportunities.

Instructional System Redesign 

Creation of simpler, more transparent, and open-ended instructional systems in which students earn a high school diploma and can demonstrate skills mastery through a variety of performance assessments.   

Supporting learner-centered instruction – a model in which students are agents of their own learning and can apply skills in real-world and work-based learning environments. 

Post-Secondary Credit 

Ensuring that students who complete career pathways and obtain industry-recognized credentials in high school earn post-secondary credit, regardless of where they enroll.  

Community-Driven Improvement 

Drafting a K-12 accountability model that includes multiple measures of school quality and structures that support performance feedback and improvement.  

Providing training and technical assistance to school and district leadership teams as they use student-level assessment data to accelerate and personalize student learning.    

Readiness Milestones 

  • High school graduation rates (current year and trend) 
  • Percent of high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)   
  • Percent of young adults who enroll in post-secondary programs, enlist in the Armed Forces, or enter the workforce within six months of high school graduation. 

Success Milestones 

  • Percent of students who have earned at post-secondary credit while enrolled in high school  
  • Percent growth in number of students who have completed career pathway programs