JFYNetWorks is a Boston-based non-profit blended learning implementation partner that works with high schools and colleges 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.
JFYNetWorks receives $1 mm grant for statewide college readiness program
JFYNetWorks has an unprecedented opportunity to make a decisive impact on remedial education in Massachusetts colleges. A new $1 million state grant gives JFY seed funding to establish collaborative partnerships between high schools and community colleges throughout the Commonwealth based on the successful JFYNet model.
JFYNetWorks has been setting up and managing high school-based college readiness courses based on the Accuplacer since 2011. (The agency’s online MCAS courses date back to 2000.) JFY administers the Accuplacer diagnostics, enrolls students in a customized online curriculum, works with teachers to monitor student progress throughout the year, and administers the Accuplacer placements at the end. Passing scores are sent directly to community colleges or state universities. Read the entire article here.
Too many students attending community colleges in MA are not ready for the course work
June 2014 – Boston Municipal Research Bureau UPDATE
In a partnership with the nonprofit JFYNetWorks, the BPS has used the Accuplacer Diagnostic in five high schools as an early intervention tool to assist juniors and seniors to improve their algebra, arithmetic, reading comprehension, and writing skills. The JFYNetWorks system provides assessment data for customized online instruction, and online measurement of curriculum progress. The JFY team works with the classroom teacher to monitor progress and to determine additional treatment if needed. The results at individual schools have been impressive as the program has raised language and math skills high enough to reduce the need for students to take 295 developmental courses at a savings of approximately $150,000. How to expand the program is the next challenge. Read more here.
Assessment and instruction are key
ON 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.
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)
“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.
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.
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Letter by Gary Kaplan of JFYNetWorks, to the editor of the Boston Globe
To the editor:
Your 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.
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A 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
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)
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 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
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 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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