According to the Beat the Odds Institute, schools can succeed, hold high expectations and challenge their students to expect more of themselves, regardless of their population or income level. A new study released by the Institute finds that its model for student achievement is making progress for their partner schools, K-12 schools where at least 50 percent of the students are on free or reduced lunch and at least 50 percent are minority, primarily Latino.
The Beat the Odds Institute initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona and was started as a research study asking the question “What does it take to get great results in schools with mostly low-income, mostly Latino students?” Five years ago they released their initial findings, pointing to Six Keys to Success for improving student achievement.
They recently released the Research Into Action report, documenting the improvements in their partner schools. Dr. Lattie Coor, chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, said, “Beat the Odds has demonstrated that demography is not destiny. The Beat the Odds Six Keys to Success for improving student achievement are effective. The central focus on improving achievement for every student in every classroom is correct.”
According to the Research Into Action report:
- On state rankings released in fall 2011, 83 percent of Beat the Odds partner schools earned labels better than performing compared to 79 percent for similar schools not in the program and 69 percent for all Arizona schools.
- The percentage of Beat the Odds schools meeting and exceeding standards on Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) reading tests in 2011 exceeded similar schools not in the program and all Arizona schools.
- The percentage of Beat the Odds schools meeting and exceeding standards on the Arizona state math tests (AIMS) in 2011 exceeded similar schools not in the program.
Expect More Arizona’s President & CEO, Pearl Chang Esau, says the Beat the Odds Initiative is a great example of excellence in Arizona. “At Expect More Arizona, we believe it is vital that every Arizona student has an opportunity to receive a world-class education,” said Esau. “Beat the Odds demonstrates that excellence is possible for all of our students, regardless of zip code, background, or special need.”
To learn more about the Beat the Odds Institute and the Research Into Action report, click here.
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