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Metis and Eskolta Hold Forum on Measuring Success of Transfer Schools

Michael Scuello

Metis's Michael Scuello addressed a room of educators at a December 5, 2013, forum with the organization Eskolta. The event was designed to help teachers from New York City transfer schools think about ways in which their schools can be evaluated.

Metis partnered with the organization Eskolta on December 5, 2013, to hold an interactive forum with educators in New York City transfer schools, exploring ways to measure success and outcomes in these nontraditional educational environments. Transfer schools aim to re-engage students who are over-age, under-credited, and languishing in school (or who have dropped out) to help them finish high school. About 25 educators attended the event held at the Murray Hill Academy in Manhattan, part of Eskolta’s Transfer School Educator Forum Series providing periodic professional development opportunities for educators in these settings.

The York City Department of Education operates nearly 50 transfer schools, which provide an accelerated schedule to help these students catch up and graduate. Eskolta works with a variety of schools and organizations to better engage adolescents in school and prepare them for further education and careers. Metis, which has evaluated New York City transfer schools and other alternative pathways to graduation for almost 10 years, was invited by Eskolta to discuss the unique challenges, opportunities, and strategies in evaluating these schools. Metis’s Julia Alemany, Donna Tapper, and Michael Scuello joined Aaron Boyle, Savanna Honerkamp-Smith, and Michael Rothman of Eskolta in leading the forum, whose goal was to help teachers think deeply about how their schools are evaluated and how they can institute self-evaluation.

“At a time when there is much discussion of measuring school performance, transfer schools’ success is not captured in traditional accountability metrics like attendance and on-time graduation, so we need to find ways to measure the value that these schools bring to students’ lives,” said Managing Senior Associate Donna Tapper.

At the forum, teachers brainstormed about alternative ways to measure student success and engagement, including academic behaviors, school culture, and measures such as the number of clubs that students join—a mark of connectedness.

“Graduation is important, but even the six-year rate may not work for transfer schools; if students stay in school until they are 21 without graduating, their persistence toward completion is still a positive outcome,” Tapper says.

news archive - 2013

December 19, 2013
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Metis and Eskolta Hold Forum on Measuring Success of Transfer Schools

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August 8, 2013
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July 8, 2013
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June 21, 2013
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May 9, 2013
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May 7, 2013
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April 24, 2013
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April 4, 2013
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