In September 2013, 77 students across three Blue Engine partner schools were expected to score at college ready levels on New York State Regents Exams in Algebra, Geometry, and English Language Arts. By summer 2014, 119 students actually did.
We’ve developed an innovative model that uses academic and demographic student data to predict performance “without Blue Engine.” We compare how students performed “with Blue Engine” to how they would have performed in our absence. For an in-depth impact analysis, read this report on our 2013-14 results. This report was updated and re-released in March 2015 after districtwide Regents data for AY13-14 became available to our research team.
Blue Engine is a results-driven organization committed to making a measurable impact and holding ourselves accountable to student outcomes every step of the way. Our goal is to prepare dramatically greater numbers of students for postsecondary success by the time they graduate high school.
In pursuit of this mission, we strive to increase the number of students meeting a clear long-term outcome that strongly predicts college persistence and completion: Once students have matriculated to college, we measure a successful college transition as the completion of one year of postsecondary education without enrolling in remedial coursework, with the attainment of 20+ credits, and with an overall B- average.
In New York, students can graduate high school and enroll in college with a score of 65+ on State Regents Exams, but to avoid remediation, students must score above a higher “college ready” bar: 80+ on Algebra or Geometry and 75+ on English Language Arts. Students who enter college without the core academic skills they need to avoid remedial coursework (full tuition costs for zero course credits) are unlikely to earn a degree.
It’s not enough for students to be college eligible; they need to be college ready. Blue Engine has developed an evidence-based Theory of Change that connects our long-term outcome with short-term outcomes and interventions. For high school students, we measure college readiness using standardized test scores that predict persistence and completion.