BEATING THE ODDS
43 Florida schools demonstrated success in improving the achievement level of grade 3 students with the highest risk of reading difficulty. About 70% of the schools beating the odds had higher percentages of Black students and economically disadvantaged students than the average for Florida schools.
A study conducted by REL Southeast identified schools with fewer students performing at a low level of reading achievement than demographically similar schools. Five profiles illustrate how the number of schools beating the odds varied by demographic profile. Further research of identified schools may provide insight into successful strategies and practices to support schools with low reading achievement scores.
Beating the Odds
School Profile 1
High percentage of Hispanic students and high percentage of economically disadvantaged students
Average school-level demographics are consistent with Florida’s average student population
High percentage of Black students and high percentage of economically disadvantaged students
High percentage of White students
High percentage of economically disadvantaged students
School Profile 2
School Profile 3
School Profile 4
School Profile 5
PROFILE BREAKDOWN OF SCHOOLS BEATING THE ODDS
Thirty schools with high percentages of Black students and economically disadvantaged students (Profile 3) were found to be beating the odds. Another 13 schools with different demographic profiles were also found to be beating the odds. Pairing schools with similar demographics based on their profile numbers would allow successful schools to mentor struggling schools with similar demographic characteristics.
Koon, S., Petscher, Y., & Foorman, B. R. (2014). Beating the odds: Finding schools exceeding achievement expectations with high-risk students (REL 2014–032). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.
Profile 3 n = 30 (70%)
Profile 4 n = 0 (0%)
Profile 5 n = 3 (7%)
Profile 1 n = 4 (9%)
Profile 2 n = 6 (14%)