97% of AITR students scored in the midrange and above on the end-of-course, 9th-grade biology exam, compared to only 69% of 9th graders districtwide.
55% of AITR 9th graders scored in the midrange and above on the Algebra 1 end-ofcourse exam, compared to 35% districtwide.
AITR courses that students take in English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language may be part of these challenges, along with technology courses.
In furtherance of the challenge, AITR teacher team member and math teacher Jamie Schultz introduced students to elements of trigonometry that would help with blood spatter analysis.
When AITR students reflect on how the academy differs from their previous schools, they talk a lot about taking responsibility for their learning.
In each challenge, AITR students create end products that they often present to outside reviewers.
Integration of work-based learning experiences is characteristic of high-quality career academies, and AITR has been highly successful in drawing on volunteer mentors from the community.
AITR is not alone in seeing positive changes in students' academic achievement.
Positive outcomes in AITR and the other Volusia County academies, in particular, demonstrate that there is a strong relationship between a high level of fidelity to the Ford NGL framework--including a sustained commitment from the school district and intensive engagement of civic and business leaders --and high levels of success.