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Partners In School Innovation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Our mission is to transform teaching and learning in the lowest-performing American public schools so that every child, regardless of background, thrives.

Results: Between 2011 and 2012, Partners’ schools: • Significantly increased the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced on the CST-ELA by 5.7 percentage points, nearly double the growth rate of 2.9 percentage points seen in the rest of California • Are increasing the percentage of Proficient and Advanced students more than 2 times faster than a matched cohort of schools in the state that serve similar students (5.7 percentage points vs. 2.6 percentage points) • Significantly decreased the percentage of students who scored Far Below Basic or Below Basic on the state exam by 4.5 percentage points, more than double the state decrease of 1.9 percentage points, and by 2.6 percentage points in a matched cohort of schools that served similar students Partners’ schools also saw outstanding results in the Academic Performance Index (API): • On average, our partner schools more than tripled statewide API growth. Growth across all grades statewide was only 10 points. The average 2012 API growth experienced by our partner schools was 32 points • 87% of our 15 partner schools with valid 2012 API growth scores (13 total) experienced double-digit growth on the API • Our 10 partner elementary schools with a valid 2012 API growth score increased their API scores by an average of 24 points. Statewide growth for grades 2-6 was 7 points

Target demographics: We accelerate the academic achievement of low-income students of color and renew the promise of public education.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 30,000 students

Geographic areas served: SF Bay Area, Michigan and across US

Programs: Partners forms multi-year partnerships with urban schools and districts to implement a continuous school improvement process that dramatically improves the quality of teaching and leadership in low-performing schools.

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