Goal Two: Eliminate Achievement Gaps

Source: 2017 Blueprint Annual Report

Why We Care

Achievement gaps between different ethnic and income groups exist in the early grades and get worse as students proceed through middle and high school. English Language Learners (ELLs), one of the fastest growing groups in Central Texas, struggle to keep up in all subjects. Eliminating achievement gaps has a tremendous impact on our future economy as some students lag far behind in math, science, and reading.

Absenteeism is highly correlated with students dropping out, and days absent increases significantly throughout middle and high school. Gaps are exacerbated by lack of access to resources outside of school, including during the summer.

  • Gaps in 8th grade student achievement between low income and non-low income students are staggering. 71% of 8th graders passed the STAAR reading assessment, but just 36% of non-low income students passed.[i]
  • Over half of students at our highest needs schools are two or more grade levels behind by middle school.[ii]
  • 9th graders who are chronically absent are 10 times as likely to not graduate on time as their peers.[iii]
  • By 5th grade, summer learning loss can leave low income students 2 ½ to 3 years behind their peers in school.[iv]

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[i] Texas Education Agency STAAR results for Central Texas school districts, 2015-16

[ii] E3 Alliance analysis of screener and Gates-MacGinitie assessment data for RAISEup Texas schools

[iii] E3 Alliance analysis of longitudinal student data at the UT Austin Education Research Center

[iv] National Summer Learning Association

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Accomplishments
  • E3 ExcELL workshops brought to 29 schools in 2016-17 to enhance systems for achieving higher outcomes for ELLs.
  • 14 RAISEup Texas expansion middle schools have been launched, already showing double digit gains in state assessments, with struggling learners making 3X the point gains as their nationally-normed peers.
  • CTCEP now includes 12 Educator Prep Programs and 14 traditional school districts and charters who have worked together to implement practices to improve the preparation and evaluation of new teachers.
Initiatives
  • English Language Learner (ELL) Collaborative/E3 ExcELL

The ELL Collaborative brings together bilingual directors and language acquisition experts from across the region to share best  practices to eliminate gaps for our ELL students. E3 worked with the Collaborative to create E3 ExcELL, now proven to increase academic growth for ELL students.

  • Central Texas Council on Educator Preparation (CTCEP)

CTCEP brings together school districts and Educator Preparation Programs to better align and enhance the teacher pipeline to put more highly qualified teachers, especially those teachers we need most, in Central Texas classrooms.

  • RAISEup Texas

RAISEup Texas is successfully transforming middle school teaching and learning in 16 schools across the region, reaching 28,000 students and 1,100 teachers through a whole-school model that has significantly outperformed comparison schools and gained national recognition.

To learn more, watch our video or go to www.RAISEupTexas.org.

  • My Brother’s Keeper

E3 Alliance has provided ground-breaking data analysis and community facilitation recognized by the White House as a national model to help the Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper effort to eliminate equity gaps for our young men of color.

  • Learn All the Time

E3 Alliance worked with the Central Texas After-school Network and key investors to launch Learn All the Time, a new “backbone” to strategically build up a thriving ecosystem of out of school and summer learning programming.

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