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jfynet partner school 2018 grads

Congratulations to these all of the JFYNet Partner Schools… it has been our honor to help you on your way.

East Boston HS Valedictorian Ooviya Sathiyamoorthy’s 2018 Valedictory Address

I hope as my name-Ooviya-means “portrait” that you carry your names with awareness and respect for who you all are, because framed portraits can be beautiful, but when left to an unguarded world, they can become crooked too. I’m sure I’m quite the crooked-looking portrait… Click here to read the entire address.

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    June 1, 2018: JFYNetWorks Awarded $100,000 Cummings Foundation Grant | JFYNetWorks is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program.


    August 16, 2017: JFYNet, Quincy College, Urban Science Academy collaborate on summer learning


    March 23, 2017: Speaker Robert DeLeo, JFY’s Chairman Otis Gates and Others Reminisce | Event in Boston, MA


    February 28, 2017: JFYNetWorks Introduces Their NEW MONTHLY SERIES: #JFYNetPartnerSchool Spotlight | Patti Parisella


    November 11, 2016: How to Achieve Diversity in Boston and Massachusetts Business | Gary Kaplan, Executive Director of JFYNetWorks and David Driscoll, former Massachusetts Commissioner of Education. | Originally published by the Boston Business Journal


    October 24, 2016: Don’t Scrap Madison Park: It’s Time for Madison Park To Get Some Respect | Gary Kaplan


    January 2016: JFYNet Saves Students $1 mm, Targeted instruction eliminates 2000 remedial courses | JFYNetWorks announces that its JFYNet College Readiness program has saved students over $1 million in tuition and fees for remedial college courses. | Press Release


    November 6, 2015: ‘Pre-medial’ Education: Heading Off the Need for Remedial Coursework in College with JFYNetWorks‘ intervention programming. Webcast at Washington’s Fordham Institute | Article and on-demand webcast


    October 26. 2015: Closing the College Readiness Gap – JFYNetWorks on Panelist Event November 5th | JFYNetWorks Joins Fordham Institute as Panelist on Live Webcast | Press Release


    May 19, 2015: JFYNetWorks: Announcing Launch of JFYNetWorks Redesigned Website | by Patti Parisella


    May 5, 2015: JFYNetWorks: Innovation in our DNA | JFYNetWorks has re-invented itself –again. Now we’re in the forefront of College and Career Readiness. | by Gary Kaplan


    April 18, 2015: Education Does Reduce Inequality | Op-ed response 4/17/15 – The Wall Street Journal


    April 16, 2015: Tommy Chang, Boston’s new school superintendent, made his first public appearance Tuesday evening at the EdVestors ShowcaseTommy Chang, Boston’s new school superintendent, made his first public appearance Tuesday evening at the EdVestors Showcase.


    March 1, 2015: Unprepared for Community College | The main reason for community colleges’ low graduation rate is low academic skills.The Wall Street Journal published a recent letter to its editor penned by Gary Kaplan, Executive Director of JFYNetWorks.


    February 2, 2015: “Higher education is not producing enough graduates to supply the state’s work force.” – Lowell Sun 2/1/15 | By Amelia Pak-Harvey


    December 12, 2014: “College grad pipeline springs remedial leaks, ‘We can’t afford waste of human resources’By David Driscoll and Gary Kaplan, Commonwealth Magazine (online).


    December 4, 2014: “JFYNetWorks Announces Commitment to Expand College Access at White House Event”

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      Improved Student Achievement: The JFYNet Track Record

      Impacts of College and Career Readiness

      JFYNetWorks was founded on the belief that all young people can find their own unique path to success in our dynamic economy– if they acquire the right skills.  We put that belief into practice through a blended learning methodology: online curriculum delivered in the classroom and managed by the teacher. This blended methodology– digital content mediated by the teacher– enables teachers to customize instruction to the needs of individual students. Our objective is to strengthen the language and math skills of high school students so that when they graduate they will be able to meet the demands of college and careers. JFYNet staff train and coach teachers through hands-on assistance in the classroom.

      Click here to download the JFY’s SY 2012-2019 Track Record.

      JFYNet saves $3.3M in tuition for students

      Our instructional content is designed, and constantly re-designed, to develop the language and math foundations of college and career readiness. Alignment to academic and workplace standards is the key to meeting the spiraling skill demands of our labor market. We work in urban schools where the achievement gaps are widest and the need greatest. Serving more than 3000 students each year, we have helped tens of thousands of young people overcome personal and social obstacles in our 43 years of career-focused education and training.

      We measure our results by the same benchmarks the state uses: MCAS for high school graduation and Accuplacer for college readiness. While we acknowledge the limitations of these measurement instruments, we recognize their documentary importance for the individual student and their validity as competency measurements against statewide skill standards developed by teachers and accepted since 1998 as valid benchmarks of college and career readiness. We help students meet these standards by building the foundational skills they embody.


      In Boston and statewide, MCAS scores showed no gains from 2013 to 2018 while achievement gaps for black, Hispanic, EL and low-income students widened. In JFYNet schools, by contrast, which are predominantly minority and low-income, scores went up an average of 10.7 percentage points. (The new MCAS 2.0 debuted in high school in 2019 with new content and a revamped scoring system, making longitudinal comparisons with previous years invalid.) JFY’s performance data reach back to 2000.


      • In 2015 Madison Park’s MCAS math passing rate dropped to 57% and the school was downgraded to Level 4, the last step before receivership. The District brought in JFYNet in 2016. Our math intervention raised passing scores 13 points to 70% by 2018.
      • At East Boston High in 2014 Proficient + Advanced had dropped to 68% in ELA and 47% in math, placing the school in danger of downgrade to Level 4. The District brought in JFYNet in 2015. By 2018 ELA scores had risen 6 points to 74% and math scores 14 points to 61%, avoiding the threatened downgrade.
      • At West Roxbury Academy, also a District placement of JFYNet, math scores rose 13 points and ELA 8 points from 2015 to 2018.
      • JFYNet entered Greater Lowell Tech in 2016-17 working exclusively with Students with Disabilities (SWD), the school’s lowest performing group. During the two years 2016-18 SWD Proficient/Advanced scores went up 12 points in ELA and 12 points in math. Because of the improved SWD performance, schoolwide P/A scores went up 4 points in ELA and 7 points in math.
      • At Holyoke High in 2017-18, 61% of math students who took both pre-and post-tests achieved average gains of 11 points. El and Former EL students raised their MCAS P/A score 11 points.


      JFY’s college readiness program builds reading and math skills to reach college readiness as measured by the College Board Accuplacer assessment, the official state standard since 1998. This is accomplished through individualized online learning plans delivered by JFY’s AIMS methodology (Assess, Instruct, Measure, Support).


      Accuplacer and SAT, both College Board products, have been redesigned to align with school curriculum standards. Since the two tests now cover similar content, JFY’s Accuplacer-based course serves a dual purpose as SAT prep.


      Early College (also called dual enrollment) is the next stage of education reform. It makes free college courses available in high school and reduces the cost of a college degree by accelerating credit accumulation. JFYNet works with colleges and high schools to establish early college courses in high schools to maximize opportunity for under-represented groups. JFY supports students in these courses with concurrent blended tutoring. Since 2017 we have enrolled 395 students in college courses in four high schools. The credits earned are transferable throughout the public higher education system. The value of these credits is $517,000.


      JFY developed this program to help the fast-growing English Learner population improve reading comprehension and math. Our curriculum offers content in Spanish, the most prevalent language of origin. The student can read the same lesson in both languages, a basic technique of language acquisition. Our self-paced auto-translation capability is available in no other program.

      JFY’s instructional software measures reading skills in Lexiles, a national standard unit of measurement for literacy. This measurement enables teachers to track progress day by day. It is the only formative, real-time way of measuring reading gains, a vital tool for teachers. The language aspect of math is critical in the new MCAS 2.0 because of the test’s emphasis on thinking through problems and explaining solutions rather than choosing multiple-choice answers. Our math curriculum allows students to use Google Translate to translate terms and questions. JFY’s bilingual capabilities offer EL students a unique support in mastering both language and math skills.

      Standardized Testing

      Standardized tests have many critics and few defenders, but legions of users. Since the first administration of the College Board exams in 1901, skill assessments based on codified standards have been used in the US with the primary purpose of leveling the academic playing field and counteracting geographic, social and economic imbalances. All advanced countries have used standards-based national testing systems for many decades, even for centuries. The US did not establish state competency tests until the early 2000s. Massachusetts was a few years ahead of the national movement, inaugurating MCAS in 1998.

      The units of knowledge, or “standards,” of which these tests are constructed are selected and compiled by large committees of teachers and academic administrators. In Massachusetts thousands of teachers labored through the 1990s to produce “curriculum frameworks” for every subject at every grade level. The Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy frameworks run to 200 pages each. They are continuously revised and updated. The curriculum frameworks represent a broad-based societal consensus on the knowledge and skills required to function effectively as a student, a worker and a citizen.

      Standardized testing does not render a value judgement on the worth of a human being. It renders no judgement at all. It is simply a mechanism for gathering data on defined variables in large populations, such as the 950,000 students in Massachusetts public schools. In our common applications—MCAS, Accuplacer, SAT– it tells us where we are meeting our goals and where we are not. It gives us the detailed information we need to direct our efforts efficiently. There is no other practicable method for gathering performance data from large groups; and there is no way to manage any system, large or small, without data.

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        JFYNet proudly presents its Partner Schools
        Brighton High School, Boston
        Bristol Community College
        Brockton High School
        Boston Public Schools
        Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
        Caprock High School, Amarillo TX
        Dearborn Academy Middle & High School, Newton
        Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fall River
        Durfee High School, Fall River
        East Boston High School
        Essex Agricultural & Technical High School, Hathorne
        Greater Egleston Community High School, Boston
        Greater Lowell Technical
        Haverhill High School
        High School of Commerce, Springfield
        High School of Science and Technology, Springfield
        Holyoke High School
        Keefe Regional Technical High School, Framingham
        Kingsman Academy, Washington D.C.
        Lowell High School
        Madison Park High School, Boston
        Malden High School
        Middlesex Community College
        North Quincy High School
        North Shore Technical High School, Middleton
        Opportunity HS, Hartford CT
        PACE Career Academy, Allenstown, NH
        Plymouth Literacy Program
        Plymouth Bay House
        Putnam Vocational High School, Springfield
        Quincy College
        Quincy High School
        Revere High School
        Roxbury Community College
        SEED Charter School, Washington D.C.
        Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
        Springfield Central High School
        Urban Science Academy, Boston
        West Roxbury Academy, Boston

        More about the programs offered through JFYNetWorks.