JFYNetWorks

JFYNetWorks is a Boston-based non-profit blended learning implementation partner that works with high schools to help students meet state performance standards and get into college at the credit-earning level instead of non-credit remedial classes. To date, the JFYNet blended learning program has provided instruction to more than 60,000 students and counting.


Another Approach to College Readiness Gap

Assessment and instruction are key
Gary KaplanON A VISIT to Massachusetts last month, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan cautioned against resting on our laurels. Despite the Bay State’s nation-leading test scores, he chided, “Four in ten of your high school graduates aren’t ready for college. Forty percent are taking remedial classes. That’s a staggering number.”

The secretary didn’t quite have his facts right. Four of every ten students entering public colleges and universities in Massachusetts aren’t ready for the course work and require remedial classes. The number for community colleges alone is even higher: 65 percent of students entering the two-year colleges need to take remedial math. But Duncan needn’t have worried about complacency in the Commonwealth. Even as he scolded, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland was wrapping up his critique of remedial education for the spring issue of CommonWealth magazine. Read the entire article here.


JFYNet Continues With Gold Star Results!


JFYNet ACCUPLACER Preparation has reduced the need for 1158 remedial courses, saving $634,460 in tuition JFYNet Accuplacer eliminates 1158 courses, saves $634,460

Making the difference.
JFYNet ACCUPLACER Preparation has eliminated 1158 of students’ developmental courses and saved them $634,460 in tuition and fees.

(Latest metrics published March 2014)

More exciting results here.


Forty Percent Not Ready for College

“Four in ten of your high school graduates aren’t ready for college,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Massachusetts last Thursday. “Forty percent of your high school graduates are taking remedial classes. That’s a staggering number.” Source: Boston Globe 3/14/14.
'College Placement' White Paper
Remedial classes are a major cause of college non-completion. The mechanism of remedial assignment is the Accuplacer Placement Test. This Whitepaper examines the causes of Accuplacer failure and analyzes the likely outcomes of current proposed alternatives to Accuplacer. It concludes with a question to which none of the proposals has an answer. Read the White Paper “College Placement Standards” here. Authored by Gary Kaplan, Executive Director of JFYNetWorks.


Without the Resources, Ed Reform is Doomed to Fail

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Letter by Gary Kaplan of JFYNetWorks, to the editor of the Boston Globe

To the editor:
Education and trainingYour editorial “Fourth grade test scores sound a warning bell (11/15/13)” glides over a crucial issue on its way to a non-sequitur conclusion. First, you note Commissioner Chester’s statement that the decline in 4th grade reading scores “relates directly to the loss of elementary school reading specialists over the past few years” due to budget cuts. But then, you stigmatize as “counterproductive grumbling” superintendents’ concerns about the concurrent implementation timetables of two massive new initiatives– the adoption of the Common Core standards and the new teacher evaluations. Incidentally, you omit a third large mandate occurring at the same time: the new PARCC assessment regimen that is being piloted this year. You denigrate their objections that all this is “too much too soon” as “weak excuses” and, to clinch the case, you refer to the MCAS adoption a decade ago when, despite “similar complaints” schools “adapted admirably.”
Read the entire letter here.


College and Career Readiness, One Goal, Many Paths

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Give Many Paths to Choose fromA Practitioners’ workshop with
The College Board, Pearson Education and JFYNetWorks

(View the presentation on demand)
(Listen to the webinar replay – best viewed in Chrome)
Opening Remarks made by:
David P. Driscoll, former Massachusetts Commissioner of Education

Preparing students for college and careers is the shared goal of K-12 and higher education. There are as many paths to reach this goal as there are individual college and career aspirations.

The College Board, Pearson Education and JFYNetWorks provide schools with the tools they need to craft pathways of success for their students.
• The College Board provides the measurement tools—ACCUPLACER Diagnostics and Placements
• Pearson Education provides the instructional tools—MyFoundationsLab
• JFYNetWorks provides the implementation tools—JFYNet First Step to College

See the entire presentation here.


Gold Star results from JFYNet!


JFYNet ACCUPLACER Preparation has reduced the need for 1101 remedial courses, saving $605,550 in tuition

JFYNet Accuplacer eliminates 1101 courses, saves $650,550

Making the difference.
JFYNet ACCUPLACER Preparation has eliminated 1101 of students’ developmental courses and saved them $605,550 in tuition and fees.

(Latest metrics published September 30, 2013)

More exciting results here.


Spurring Success in Texas
JFYNetWorks to present at Accuplacer National Conference in San Antonio June 29. Read the press release.

JFYNet ACCUPLACER Schools
Brighton High School, Boston • Cambridge Rindge & Latin School • Caprock High School (TX) • Community College of Rhode Island • Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School • Essex Agricultural & Technical High School • Excel High School (Boston) • Greater Egleston Community High School (Boston) • Keefe Regional Technical HS, Framingham • Lowell High School • Lynn Vocational Technical Institute • North Quincy High School • North Shore Technical High School • Opportunity High School (CT) • Quincy High School • Revere High School • SEED School, Washington, DC • Shawsheen Valley Technical High School • Urban Science Academy (Boston) • West Roxbury Academy (Boston)


Achievement Gap

Achievement Gap goes Global

“30 years after ‘A Nation at Risk’ not one major urban district has been turned around and many of our suburban districts are losing ground,” writes Levine. “We have settled on a path of global mediocrity for our most affluent schools and national marginality for failing inner-city schools.” And what about older youth? Achievement gap? Which one? Read on.


The Summer of Our Disconnect

Summer of Disconnect-Gary Kaplan frustrated
No fewer than 5 five studies appeared between Memorial Day and Labor Day on the connection between education and employment. They all said that getting a job depends on having post-secondary education. Not getting a good job, or a decent job, or a high-paying job. Getting any job.

Read the entire post. Published 9/1/12


Is Common Core keeping you up at night?

JFYNet can bring Common Core into focusNot sure how to meet the new standards for the upcoming school year? We can bring it into focus!!

JFYNet has mapped the Common Core Standards to the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks. Learn more.

Ryan Camire, JFYNet’s Instructional Technology Integration Specialist can get you started. Contact him at RCamire@JFYnet.org.


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