AMERICA'S CHOICE

America's Choice is a standards-based, comprehensive school reform model that seeks to ensure that all students are successful on local and state assessment, are prepared to do college-level work without remediation, and are ready to participate in today's economy.


SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS BELOW GRADE LEVEL

  • RAMP-UP Literacy – 2 year-long 90 minute classes – one for 9th and one for 10th grades (incorporating English I and English II) – includes diagnostic and formative assessments
    • Writers Advantage – connects reading and writing with a focus on expository and argumentative academic writing as well as narrative writing.
  • RAMP-UP Mathematics – Year-long 90 minute class – skill-building, problem-solving, conceptual processes
    • Mathematics Navigator – specific concept intervention based on diagnostic and formative assessments
  • Safety nets are provided through tutoring and credit recovery courses offered both during and beyond the school day.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Principal and Leadership Team – 4 days

Literacy Institutes

  • Ramp-Up – 9 days (5 during summer, 2-day follow-up each semester)
  • On-Grade – 4 days (2 days each semester)

Math Institutes

  • Ramp-Up – 8 days (4 during summer, 2-day follow-up each semester)
  • Math Navigator – 1day

Science Institute – 1 day

Social Studies Institute – 1 day

On-site, job-embedded support – 45 times


RESEARCH

The Center for School Reform Quality Center Report of October 2006 found 5 quantitative studies meeting the most rigorous research design standards that report positive effects on student achievement.

  • Center for Policy Research in Education. (2001). Moving Mountains: Successes and challenges of the America's Choice comprehensive school reform design. Philadelphia: Author.
  • Mason, B. (2005). Achievement effects of five comprehensive school reform designs implemented in Los Angeles Unified School District. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Pardee RAND Graduate School.
  • May, H., Supovitz, J. & Perda, D. (2004). A longitudinal study of the impact of America's Choice on student performance in Rochester, New York, 1998-2003. Philadelphia: Center for Policy Research in Education, University of Pennsylvania.
  • May, H., Supovitz, J. & Lesnick, J. (2004). The impact of America's Choice on writing performance in Georgia: First-year results. Philadelphia: Center for Policy Research in Education, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Suppovitz, J., Taylor, B., & May, H. (2002). The impact of America's Choice on student performance in Duval County, Florida. Philadelphia: Consortium for Policy Research in Education.