A longitudinal study conducted by Stanford University and the American Institutes of Research determined that the Breakthrough model is effective in middle school intervention. Breakthrough New Orleans measures program success through both qualitative and quantitative data-driven results, tracked in a nationally supported data system and evaluated regularly for success. Our current strategic plan specifies a number of historic and new metrics to indicate our levels of effectiveness with students and teachers, including surveys, achievement assessments, and a comprehensive Annual Review Report. These metrics provide impetus to consistently track and evaluate the progress of our participants, as well as our progress against that of our national Breakthrough Collaborative affiliates. Some key outcome measures for success include:
- 100% of students will engage in all achievement assessments and goal planning activities.
- 100% of students will demonstrate improvement in one, or more, core subjects.
- 95% of students demonstrate increased level of skill mastery, in one or more core subjects, post-summer academy.
- 95% of students report positive attitudinal change about school, self-efficacy and/or learning.
- 100% of students will enter college-preparatory high school programs.
- 100% of student alumni selected will be engaged in the College Readiness Initiative.
- 100% of students and alumni will be tracked for achievement, through college entry, in the nationally supported data-system.
- 100% of teachers will complete the teacher training program.
- 85% of teachers will express interest in pursuing careers as teachers or educational leaders.
- 95% of teachers, students and students’ guardians will be satisfied with their experience.
- At least 85% of student alumni will enter a four-year college.