JFYNetWorks helps young people build skills for college and careers
Impacts of College and Career Readiness, MCAS Prep
Since JFY began implementing our Accuplacer-based college and career readiness blended learning program we have helped students eliminate 4,386 remedial courses they would have been required to take, representing $2.5 million in saved tuition and fees. After six years of development, we consider JFYNet College and Career Readiness the most scalable and sustainable program we have ever mounted or encountered, because it operates by infusing low-cost technology-based innovations into the existing human and capital infrastructure of schools. By minimizing expenses and producing clearly measurable outcomes with socially significant value, the program offers a scalable and sustainable model that can have a significant impact on our most intractable economic and social problem: the widening income and opportunity gap.
JFYNet SY 2016-2017 results can be downloaded here.
College and Career Readiness
In 2016-2017, 1893 students were enrolled in JFYNet College and Career Readiness classes in 10 Massachusetts high schools. Devoting one class period a week to the Accuplacer-aligned curriculum, they improved their math and reading skills enough to eliminate 803 remedial courses and save $554,118 in community college tuition and fees — money that would have been wasted on non-credit remedial courses, that could instead be invested in courses leading to a degree.
10th grade MCAS is the first step of college readiness: graduation is only two years off. Proficiency in 10th grade positions the student for the next critical skill benchmark, the Accuplacer college placement test. In 2016-17 JFYNet prepared 2283 students in 7 high schools for the 10th grade MCAS. More than 80% of these students worked on math.
JFYNet’s 7 schools gained a combined 21 points in Proficient/Advanced from the 2016 test to the 2017, while the state gained one point. This was consistent with the previous year when JFYNet schools gained 17 points in math while the state had no gain.
Schools customarily assign their lowest-performing students to JFYNet because those are the students who need support and whose performance can impact school rankings. The gains logged by JFYNet students show that focused, supported data-driven instruction can produce transformative learning gains.