Raise Your Hand provided support by sponsoring visits by the campus leadership teams of 13 LISD schools to Harvard University to participate in the Data Wise Improvement Process summer training institutes. During the following school year, the leaders received on-site campus support from Harvard University fellows.
At the end of the three-year period, the participating campuses and the district made satisfactory, measurable gains in literacy, and raised student performance throughout the district to a level that exceeded academically acceptable standards. LISD currently serves approximately 29,000 students. About 70 percent of the students in LISD are minorities, and nearly 70 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch. Raise Your Hand worked with two of the district’s four high schools, two of the 10 middle schools, and nine of the 35 elementary schools.