Students Using New Century Achieve Improved Graduation Rates

In its recent report, How Effective is Correctional Education and Where Do We Go from Here?, the Rand Corporation conducted a Metastudy in which they reviewed the existing  research on what makes a difference in improving education among Juvenile Justice students.

Out of 157 research manuscripts, the Metastudy highlights two interventions that make a difference in student performance.  One intervention made a difference in reading.  The other intervention was an “intensive, personalized, competency based instructional model” at Avon Park that improved graduation rates.  New Century was (and still is) the diagnostic/prescriptive instructional intervention used 30 – 45 minutes per day with students at Avon Park to help teachers personalize instruction for each student.  According to the original study conducted by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, 44.1% of students in Avon Park achieved graduation versus 22.0% of students who were assigned to traditional education programs in other Juvenile Justice facilities under randomized/controlled protocols.

These students were 16 to 18 years of age.  However, over 62% of the students entered the facility with reading skills at or below 6th grade.  Over 37% were assessed with special education needs.

New Century is uniquely designed to help teachers succeed with deeply At-Risk, Special Needs and Adult Basic Ed students.  We are pleased to help G4S, the manager of Avon Park, and its teachers achieve large, measured improvements in student graduation rates.


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