At Aspire, we are committed to the quality of our instructional programs and school settings overall. We consider the greatest indicators of quality of our instructional programs to be student proficiency levels in Math and ELA, student performance on internal interim assessments, student growth over time, student accomplishments under our “college-ready metrics” requirements, high school graduation rates, and college graduation rates within six years. We also greatly value family feedback on our schools and teammates, teammate satisfaction and effectiveness ratings, and more school-specific insights to help us know that we are delivering on our promise of College For Certain. Aspire alumni are graduating from 4-year colleges within six years at a rate three times that of the national average for their peers from similar backgrounds.
In order to ensure students are truly college-ready, we use the following criteria, and all six All must be achieved:
- ACT score in English = 22 or above
- ACT score in Math = 23 or above
- SBAC score in ELA = 3 or above
- SBAC score in Math = 3 or above
- Pass any college course or pass any AP exam
- Participation in an SEL (Social Emotional Learning) program
- Aspire California students showed growth on the SBAC exam in both ELA (+3%) and Math (+2%) whereas the state averages stayed flat. (Over the last two years, Aspire California students have grown twelve percentage points in ELA and seven percentages points in Math.)
- Aspire Memphis students made significant growth in ELA (+9%) & Math (+11%) as measured by the MAP exam. Our schools showed more growth than all peer schools in the Achievement School District in Memphis, of which we are a part. The Achievement School District is a school system in Tennessee providing academic intervention in the lowest performing schools in Tennessee, with the goal of increasing student achievement in those schools. Over the last two years, Aspire Memphis students have grown seventeen percentage points in ELA and eleven percentage points in Math.
State standardized tests are one way that we track how our students are doing and how well we are supporting their learning and growth. Below you can see our students’ improvement in proficiency in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math over the past three years.