Results and Best Practices

Since 1996 aha! Process has helped thousands of schools around the world raise achievement and build success for students and staff.

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Sample reports and results:

West Lowndes Middle School – Columbus, Mississippi

  • West Lowndes Middle School students outperformed the control group in all three grade levels for language arts and math on the MCT2 (Mississippi’s standardized tests).
  • Seventh-grade MCT2 scores rose 34.9%.
  • Economically disadvantaged students in seventh grade scoring Proficient or Advanced increased 39% (23% to 62%) in math and 11% (30% to 41%) in language arts.

West Lowndes Elementary – Columbus, Mississippi

  • Third- and fourth-grade students at West Lowndes Elementary outperformed the control group in both language arts and math MCT2 scores.
  • The number of third-grade students scoring Proficient or Advanced increased 26.1%, compared with a 2.4% decrease in the control group.
  • The number of fourth-grade students scoring Proficient or Advanced increased 40.7%, compared with just 5.7% in the control group.
  • Low-SES third-grade students scoring Proficient or Advanced in math increased 29% (50% to 79%). Low-SES fourth-grade students increased 37% (34% to 71%), and low-SES fifth-grade students increased 13% (48% to 61%).
  • Low-SES third-grade students scoring Proficient or Advanced increased 26% (41% to 67%). Low-SES fourth-grade students increased 34% (29% to 63%), and low-SES fifth-grade students increased 5% (40% to 45%).

Elephant’s Fork Elementary – Suffolk, Virginia

After one year of implementing concepts from Under-Resourced Learners:

  • Overall achievement in the school increased in all tested areas: English, math, writing, history, and science.
  • In third and fifth grade, there were increases in all areas and subgroups.
  • Economically disadvantaged third-graders achieved increases in proficiency of 24% in science, 24% in English/reading, 27% in math, and 29% in history/social studies.
  • African-American fifth-graders achieved increases in proficiency of 11% in English/reading, 11% in English/writing, 18% in math, 9% in science, and 23% in history.

Fort Worth CAN! Academy, River Oaks – Fort Worth, Texas

  • Alternative high school serving at-risk students.
  • Trainings included Under-Resourced Learners, Research-Based Strategies, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, and Understanding Hispanic/Latino Students and Their Parents.
  • English/language arts, math, and science teachers received academic coaching from aha! Process consultants.
  • The exit level TAKS Retest scores showed a dramatic increase over the prior year’s scores:
    • English/language arts +20% (40% to 60%)
    • Math +33% (19% to 52%)
    • Science +21% (29% to 50%)
    • Social studies +20% (55% to 75%)

Seventh Street Elementary – North Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Math teachers have been working with an aha! Process consultant on implementing the concepts from aha! Process’s model for school improvement.
  • Math achievement over the three-year period:
    • The percentage of third-graders scoring Advanced or Proficient increased 40% (7% to 47%).
    • Among fourth-grade students, there was an increase of 46% (10% to 56%).
    • Fifth-grade students showed an increase of 30% (7% to 37%).

South Brandywine Middle School – Coatesville, Pennsylvania

  • Improved math and reading across all indicators.
    • 29.5% increase in low-SES students passing in math (35.8% to 65.3%).
    • 18.7% increase in low-SES students passing in reading (47.6% to 66.3%).
    • The number of special education students who passed the math assessment more than doubled (17.6% to 36.2%).
    • In math, 38.8% more Hispanic/Latino students passed the assessment than two years earlier (31.7% to 70.5%).

Read more:

Report on Lowndes County Schools (Columbus, MS)

Report on Ridgeroad Middle Charter School (North Little Rock, AR)

DataSpeaks Files

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