Raising Achievement Closing Gaps
The pandemic that began in March 2020 disrupted education for the rest of that year and most of the following two years. Estimates of lost learning during those years range from 3 years up. Massachusetts Commissioner Jeff Riley forecast a recovery period of five years. But some JFYNetWorks partner schools recovered all their learning losses in just one year.
JFY’s online instructional program, JFYNet, provides standards-based individualized instruction in math and ELA to grades 6-12. JFY’s AIMS methodology—Assess, Instruct, Measure, Support– was pioneered in the early days of MCAS and has been continuously refined for two decades. This whitepaper describes the methodology and summarizes the gains, including correlation analyses demonstrating that time spent in the JFYNet program was positively correlated with learning growth and with MCAS scores. The more time spent with JFYNet, the higher the learning gains, and the higher the MCAS scores.
These gains applied to all subgroups, demonstrating that JFY’s equity-based approach works for all students.