Last year Results First guided 18,340 students in nine New York state school districts toward greater success. Here are some representative results that our districts have achieved.
Graduation rate - Multiple districts have increased the graduation rate by as much as 16%, and several have led their respective counties with the highest graduation percentage. Some districts graduated all students who were present in the school at the beginning of senior year.
Reading at or above grade level - The districts we work with typically move at least 5% more students to reading at grade level when compared with the same point during the previous year. The highest one year gain realized was 15%.
Regents results - Several districts have increased the average passing rate across all Regents exams by 10% and one doubled the average mastery rate compared to where they were prior to working with us.
Reduction in course failures - The reduction in middle and high school course failures that districts achieve is usually the quickest, most dramatic result. Our districts average a 20% reduction in courses failed. Several have cut the failure rate in half while maintaining or increasing the grading rigor.
Regional newspaper ratings - A number of newspapers in regions of the state use their own formulas to rate and compare districts. One of the original districts we worked with eight years ago has moved from 64th place to 21st. Another moved from 43rd to 24th during the two years that we worked together.
Words from the Superintendents - Comments from five of our superintendents speak to the nature and result of the work.
Union Endicott - Sue McLeod: “Simply put, Results First has made all the difference. We’ve made gains in our graduation rate, courses passed, decreasing absenteeism, and decreased referrals for special education.”
Harpursville - Mike Rullo: “Our Results First work has pushed our district to stretch and grow — with a sense of urgency. We’ve raised student achievement, galvanized our practices around the use of data, and changed the culture.”
Chatham - Cheryl Nuciforo: “We have seen real gains. We have been striving to improve student achievement for years. The Results First work has helped us to focus our efforts at every grade level and to become deliberate in the use of data.”
Broadalbin-Perth - Stephen Tomlinson: “Results First has helped lead us to significant progress on our learning targets. We now have a no nonsense way of attacking our achievement gaps. No more being bogged down in planning documents.”
Hoosick Falls - Ken Facin: “Our participation with Results First cemented a culture of performance in our district. It caused our leaders to lead and think differently and our teachers to teach differently. The results show it.”
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