High School Transformation

High school cannot be the final destination for our students. It must be a bridge that prepares ALL students to graduate with the skills they need to succeed in college, careers, and life. We're committed to helping school systems develop multiple pathways to a diploma that works.​

The need is compelling:


The Ohio Value-Added High Schools Initiative

From 2008 to 2012, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we led an initiative comprised of 88 Ohio urban, rural, and suburban high schools that had a shared mission to transform high schools into thriving cultures of learning that prepare ALL students to succeed.

Participating schools focused on five areas of improvement:

1  Creating effective teams and leaders
2  Aligning curriculum to more rigorous standards
3  Using formative instruction (or assessment for learning) to gauge student progress in real time
4  Implementing ACT end-of-course exams and short-cycle assessments
5  Leveraging data from valid and reliable student growth measures and student projections to inform instruction


In addition to improving college and career readiness—while dramatically increasing the percentage of students hitting ACT’s College-Readiness Benchmarks—OVAHS schools also increased the number of students taking the ACT college entrance exam by more than 15 percent.

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Dream Season

Featured in the OSBA Journal, this article discusses preparing our students for college, career, and life through the Ohio Value-Added High Schools Initiative.

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