A recent independent study by MDRC of career academies, of which NAF academies were a part, found:Career-academy graduates earned 11% more in total earnings over the eight years following high school than their non-academy peers. Young men from career-academies experienced increased earnings over eight years totaling 17 % more per year than their non-academy peers.
MDRC Kemple study measured at-risk students with a set of student performance indicators s for 9th graders and found 25% of students in the study demonstrated at risk characteristics.NAF developed an expanded indices based on student performance data in 9th grade to track at risk characteristics of students in the academy and in the districts over time. .“Preliminary results from NAF’s student-level data pilot show 36% of 9th grade students at highest risk of failing to graduate high school.”
Students in NAF academies are doing as well as better than counterparts in districts
MDRC longitudinal study tracked academy student progress for 15 years, during high school through college and into the workforce.The benefits move beyond school and career towards citizenship and family.
The NAF model
With our guiding principles in place and a commitment to our mission of providing a high quality education so that all of our students might succeed, we crafted a new Strategic Framework, one that was flexible enough to allow the organization to adapt to challenges, as well as seize opportunities, while providing a clear structure to which our decision making processes could be aligned.Our Strategic Framework is supported by four pillars: Student, Parent, and Community Engagement; Education; School/District Leadership; and Financial Efficiency/StabilityThese pillars support our District’s Singular Strategic Goal – Student Achievement.And so we forged ahead, not satisfied to simply stay the course, but determined to innovate, determined to improve
Career academies are the most sought after, because they combine a college-preparatory curriculum aligned to industry standards. Today’s high schools don’t ask students to choose between going to college or entering the workforce. We aspire to prepare them for both.OCOG’s mission is to identify and prioritize the industries which will have the highest potential for creating the new jobs required in our economy and to work with the education community to provide the training required to support the growth of those industries.leaders!from!across!the!private!sector,!public!sector,!industry!and!academia!have!guided!the!strategic!planning!process
There are three legs to School-To-Career. Business Alliances, Career Academies and Career Advisory Teams. Each one of these initiatives assist with providingrelevant learning opportunities for students to make a connection to the work world. Themore students understand how what they are learning is relevant to them, to their community, or to the world at large; the more motivated they will be to learn. The STC Council is made up representatives from business/industry and higher ed.School-to-Career Council responsibilities include developing work-based learningopportunities for students, communicating the STC message, and overseeing the continuous improvement process.We have over 40 active Business Alliances in our middle & high schoolsith over 600 active members and 1000’s of partners.We are continuing to grow our Business Alliances in Wake County. They have been in existencefor over 15 years.Business Alliances work with the CDC and Principal to support their school’s respective school’s initiatives and these are tied to their School Improvement Plan.CareerThe third and final leg to the School-To-Career initiative are the Career Advisory Teams.They are the experts in their career cluster area .CATS provide input and make recommendations on changes to provide direction for the 10 different program areas including suggestions for improvement, expansion and relevancy of Career & Technical Education instruction.CATs are the big picture thinkers that help the school system look ahead into the future to predict future employment demands. They make curricular recommendations, and work with administrators to help design new teaching facilities.
District and school board leadership for academy success
District and School Board Leadership forAcademy Success
IntroductionBill Taylor, Associate VP, NAFJD Hoye, President, NAFDavid Fischer, Senior Director, CTE, NYCLupe Diaz, Director of Choice Programs, MiamiJoy Frankoff, CTE Coordinator, Wake County, NC#NAFNext
Education and the EconomyThe best economic stimulus package is a high school diplomaGraduates of NAF academies complete college faster, earn more, andhave stronger ties to their communities than their peers.An estimated 90% of NAF students graduate from high school—compared to 50% in the urban areas where most academies arelocated.Career-academy graduates earn 11% more in total earnings over theeight years following high school than their non-academy peers.Ninety percent of students report that the academies helped them todevelop career plans.
Serving Targeted Students NAF District (Non-NAF) 60% 49%50% NAF District (Non-NAF)% of students highly at-risk 50% 60% 49%50%39% 40% 36% % of students highly at-risk 50% 39% 32% 40% 36% 28% 28% 30% 28% 32% 30% 23% 28% 23% 21% 21% 20% 20% 16% 16% 13% 9% 13% 10% 9% 4% 6% 10% 6% 0% 4% At-risk score > At-risk score > At-risk score > At-risk score > At-risk score > At-risk score > At-risk score > 0% 30% of 40% of 50% of 60% of 70% of 80% of 90% of possible total possible total possible total possible total possible total possible total possible total At-risk score > At-risk score score score > At-risk score > At-risk score > At-risk score > At-risk score > At-risk score score score score score score > 30%of 40%of 50%of 60%of 70%of 80%of At-risk index score compared to various percentages of possible total score 90%of possible total possible total possible total possible total possible total possible total possible total score score score score score score score At-risk index score compared to various percentages of possible total score
Student Performance 100% 96% 90% 88% 87% 87% 80% 78% 76% 70% 68% 68% 63% 59%% of students 60% 50% 50% 46% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 80%+ At least 5 Earned Earned State Math State Attendance credits Algebra English Proficiency English earned Credit Credit Proficiency District-wide NAF Academies
Benefits Beyond Economic Impact Increase in the percentage of young people living independently with children and a spouse or partner. Young men also experienced positive impacts on marriage and being custodial parents. African American males experienced sustained earnings gains averaged 17% higher than non-academy peers.
NYC DOE Evolution of career-focused education in New York City; progression from the mid-20th century voc-ed model, to CTE now as “career training for the knowledge economy,” applying classroom learning to real-world applications under the guidance of industry professionals
N YC DOE Career Academies are an exemplary model for our vision of next-generation CTE; the curricula are standardized but customizable, allowing for collaboration across sites but refinement for the circumstances of different schools and students.
Fourth largest school district Largest number of NAF NAF NUMBER OF THEMES PROGRAMS programs (47 NAF programs AOE 4 plus one public charter AOF AOF 14 program) AOHS 2 Three distinguished NAF AOHT 14 programs and 11 NCAC AOIT 14 model academies 7, 183 students enrolled in NAF programs
Student, Parentand Community EngagementThis pillar supports activities andfunctions which enhance student,parent, and communityunderstanding, awareness, andsupport for our schools and District.
OneCommunityOneGoal Strategic Plan Form an education and workforce leadership task force Highlight and reward business engagement in education Form an Academic Economic Leaders Council Prioritize the enhancement of basic skills training Deepen the impact of career academies
WCPSS Career Academies and Student Achievement• Career Academy expansions are a part of The Strategic Plan for WCPSS Vision 2017• Career Academies: Are an effective tool to support student achievement Engages student learning Increase in graduation rates Improved attendance Increase in postsecondary attendance
Wake Forest-Career Rolesville ConstructionAcademies * Technology2012-2014 * Heritage Game Art Design Sanderson 2013-2014 Finance * Broughton Knightdale Environmental Studies Cary Athens Drive Hospitality &Tourism Health Science 2013-2014 Enloe * * * ** Culinary Arts 2013-2014 Garner Enloe Design & Merchandising Apex * * MedicalTechnology Fire & Safety 2013- Bioscience Information 2014 * Wake County Population: 983,367 Technology ** Middle Creek Southeast Raleigh Square Miles: 857 Middle Creek Digital Media Engineering Median Family Income: $64,000 Adults Having a BA or Higher: 48% Number of Elementary Schools: 105 Sustainability Energy Engineering Number of Middle Schools: 33 2013-2014 Number of High Schools: 5 Number of Special/Optional Schools: 5 Early Colleges: 4