Since we began implementing this Accuplacer-based blended learning program, we have helped students eliminate 3,500 remedial courses they would have been required to take, a cumulative 50% reduction, representing $2,000,000 in saved tuition and fees. After four years of development, we consider JFYNet College Readiness the most scalable and sustainable program we have ever mounted or encountered, because it operates by infusing low-cost technology-based interventions into the existing infrastructure of schools and other institutions. By minimizing expenses and producing clearly measurable outcomes with socially significant value, the program offers a scalable and sustainable model that has the potential to produce a significant impact on our most intractable current economic problem: the widening income and opportunity gap.
In AY 2014-2015, 1723 students were enrolled in JFYNet Accuplacer Competency. 82% of those who pre and post-tested gained points; the average was 20 points. The gains reduced the number of remedial courses by 44% of the pre-test total. At average community college tuition and fees these students saved $246,000 — money that would have been wasted on non-credit remedial courses, that could instead be invested in courses leading to a degree.
MCAS: In Academic Year 2014-15 JFYNet prepared 1121 students in 2 high schools for the 10th grade MCAS.
Schools customarily assign their lowest-performing students because those are the students whose performance impacts school ranking. One school’s MCAS scores improved by 9 percentage points in English and 7 points in math.