School Transformation Effort Led by EdisonLearning Proving Successful
Gary, Indiana — Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary, Indiana has received a grade of “A” from the Indiana Department of Education Student-Centered School Accountability Grade System.
This is the first time in the school’s history that it has been graded “A”, and follows years of unsatisfactory ratings. Theodore Roosevelt’s accomplishment is especially significant since it was graded “D” for the previous school year.
“These results are a testament to the commitment and hard work of the teachers, staff, and students at Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy,” said EdisonLearning President and CEO Thom Jackson. “They are also the result, in no small part, to the support provided by the Gary community and alumni of the school.”
Long considered one of the most challenged high schools in the state, Theodore Roosevelt was transitioned to the first “transformation/innovative school” in Indiana in 2016 by the Indiana Department of Education. At the same time, EdisonLearning, an international education services provider, was retained as the school’s turnaround partner.
Under the transformation/innovative reform model, schools are allowed autonomy to create charter-like innovations in order to improve overall school and student performance.
Also, as a transformation/innovative school, the key factor in Theodore Roosevelt’s rating grade is the focus on the growth in student achievement.
Mr. Jackson pointed out, “Indiana’s Student-Centered School Accountability Grade System for transformation schools now more fairly and accurately reflects the true progress in academic growth being achieved by the students. As a result, the students at Theodore Roosevelt, who may have been challenged in the past, are now being recognized for the progress they are making towards their personal educational goals.”
In its role as “transformation partners”, EdisonLearning has implemented major structural changes in the school’s academic program focused on improved student achievement, and has transformed the school’s overall learning environment. These positive changes have led to:
- 76% of graduating seniors enrolled in a 2-4 year college or vocational program.
- 54% reduction of out-of-school suspensions.
- 6% attendance rate.
“The double-digit gains in student achievement since the 2015-16 school year, helped to set a foundation for the sustainable academic growth now being experienced by the students at Theodore Roosevelt, and have now been recognized with the ‘A’ grade,” Mr. Jackson noted.