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The Winners: Fast Facts

1. Powering personalized, student-centered learning at scale.

2. Showcasing strategies to improve student achievement across diverse demographics and regions.

3. Making measurable headway in closing persistent achievement gaps.

 

Three reasons Raise Your Hand Texas launched the Raising Blended Learners Initiative. More than 70 district and school teams around the state competed to win up to $500,000 and intensive technical assistance over three years to implement a blended learning plan and serve as statewide demonstration sites for blended learning in Texas. After months of planning, workshopping, and pitching their concepts, 10 team finalists were chosen. Ultimately, five winners were announced.

KIPP Houston Public Schools was one of those winners. KIPP Houston wants to change its students’ outcomes and improve college graduation rates by focusing on the math pathway. Here’s how they plan to do it.

 

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In 1994, KIPP began with a class of 47 fifth-graders to provide high-caliber education choices to low-income, minority students in Houston. Today, KIPP Houston Public Schools enrolls nearly 14,000 students in 26 schoolsTo change students’ outcomes and improve college graduation rates, KIPP Houston will pilot two distinct projects focusing on the math pathway. In their first project, KIPP Houston will pilot an in-class flipped classroom, along with differentiated remediation and enrichment based on students’ achievement and goals, to help more students successfully complete Algebra I in the 8th grade and continue along the advanced math sequence throughout high school. In their second project, KIPP Houston will launch a summer Algebra Boot Camp, using a flex model to allow students to learn at their own pace so they will be better prepared for Algebra I coursework when they begin the 8th grade.

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KIPP Houston Wins Raising Blended Learners Grant

“Blended learning is a huge part of our strategy. In order to serve our students well, and truly personalize learning, blended learning is key. We have taken steps to go down that road, and with this grant we will be able to launch forward with our strategy.”

Sehba Ali
KIPP Houston Superintendent

The Winners: Fast Facts

  • The demonstration sites represent diverse public independent school districts and charter management organizations across the state including urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  • All five districts enroll a total of approximately 94,300 students; the demonstration sites have the ability to impact more than 94,000 students.
  • The smallest district in our Top 5 serves fewer than 900 students while the largest serves more than 55,000.
  • Among the five districts, the average percent of students who are economically disadvantaged is 71.7 percent, higher than the state average of 60.2 percent.
  • The demonstration sites will pilot at 19 schools across their districts in year one, with some sites planning district-wide scaling by the end of three years.
  • Each of the demonstration site grant winners seek to apply blended learning strategies to remedy a specific challenge in their schools, such as low literacy rates, learning challenges among specific student populations such as English Language Learners and special education students, lack of student motivation, lagging high school graduation rates, math achievement, low postsecondary readiness skills, or poor student performance on state assessments.

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