The New Classrooms version of reinventing high school and junior highs leverages technology to target lessons to every student every day, explained New Classrooms’ Rose.
Watching screens with lists like an airport departure schedule, kids find the stations they go to each day. It will be a mix of time at a computer table, time with a study group, project time and tutoring time with a teacher when needed. Each day the staff meets after school and, using online coursework and teacher reads, lays out the next day’s lineups.
It sounds a little manic, but here are the results: Overall their students learned a year and a half’s worth of material in one year. English learners, probably coming from behind, averaged 1.7 years’ growth in one year.
And here’s the wild one: Special-education students, rarely expected to even make one year’s growth, averaged 1.4 years in New Classrooms.