“ In times of shortened teaching times and larger classes, you cannot afford to go without a system that focuses all of your teaching time toward student achievement. ”
How can we afford not to?
Caldwell School District, a medium-sized district located in the outskirts of Boise, Idaho is a migrant community serving 6500 students, over half of who are English- language learners and 69% of whom are eligible for free and reduced lunch. In 2007 all ten schools in the District failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Roger Quarles, then superintendent of the District researched Mileposts and realized it was created in large part to meet the needs of the demographic in his district, as at its core is the idea that Mileposts would serve all at-risk, second language, and other special assistance “category” children with consistency and communication among teacher teams, administrators, and families. In fall 2009, Caldwell installed Mileposts and by the spring of 2010, just six short months later, announced that 7 out of 10 Caldwell schools reached AYP, a remarkable achievement. Over the next two years (2009-2011) Caldwell increased their AYP scores in reading by 14% and math by 23%, figures nearly 3 times the state average growth percentages. Quarles was praised by Tom Luna, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, for modeling “what is possible” and attributed the rapid turn around to Mileposts, which he said, “…allowed our teachers and administrators to use laser-like focus at the point of instruction to respond to student academic need.”
- Mileposts helps everyone focus on the data
- Mileposts is empowering