LeBron James' STEM-Based School Is Showing Promise

Last year, NBA superstar LeBron James opened an experimental school
that focuses on teaching a STEM curriculum to students who have a
higher probability of failing academically or dropping out of
school. The New York Times is now reporting that “the inaugural
classes of third and fourth graders at [the I PROMISE School]
posted extraordinary results in their first set of district
assessments. Ninety percent met or exceeded individual growth goals
in reading and math (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative
source), outpacing their peers across the district.” From the
report: The students’ scores reflect their performance on the
Measures of Academic Progress assessment, a nationally recognized
test administered by NWEA, an evaluation association. In reading,
where both classes had scored in the lowest, or first, percentile,
third graders moved to the ninth percentile, and fourth graders to
the 16th. In math, third graders jumped from the lowest percentile
to the 18th, while fourth graders moved from the second percentile
to the 30th. The 90 percent of I Promise students who met their
goals exceeded the 70 percent of students districtwide, and scored
in the 99th growth percentile of the evaluation association’s
school norms, which the district said showed that students’ test
scores increased at a higher rate than 99 out of 100 schools
nationally. The students have a long way to go to even join the
middle of the pack. And time will tell whether the gains are
sustainable and how they stack up against rigorous state
standardized tests at the end of the year. To some extent, the
excitement surrounding the students’ progress illustrates a somber
reality in urban education, where big hopes hinge on small
victories.


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LeBron James' STEM-Based School Is Showing Promise