Blue Engine restructures the classroom by leveraging multiple educators who work together as a team to meet the needs of all students. With a team of teachers embedded into a classroom, students experience dramatic gains in academic achievement and a positive learning environment. Below is a summary of Blue Engine’s impact to date. Our full impact story can be found here.
Blue Engine’s team teaching model is designed to dismantle the traditional 1 teacher: 30 student instructional model and close the achievement gap for middle and high school students. Blue Engine Teaching Apprentices (BETAs) work closely with a DOE-certified educator, creating a team of teachers. With multiple adults in a single classroom, students experience a highly tailored learning experience every day.
Students in Blue Engine Math classrooms experience dramatic academic gains.
Over the years, students in Blue Engine Math classrooms have achieved gains equivalent to up to seven additional months of learning on top of the nine months of the traditional school year.* With team teaching in place, students are able to achieve scores on the New York State Regents Algebra exam higher than the scores our methodology predicted if Blue Engine was not in their classroom.
Blue Engine ELA classrooms that fully implement team teaching demonstrate student academic gains.
Students in Blue Engine English Language Arts classrooms who experienced conditions in which all four drivers of the team teaching model were in place experienced up to 12 additional months of learning on top of the nine months of the traditional school year.
Blue Engine has even deeper impact on high needs students.
Students with individualized education plans (IEPs) in Algebra and language learners in English have experienced significant academic gains as a result of team teaching in their classrooms. Students with IEPs experience 13 additional months of learning, and English language learners in English experience 15 additional months of learning.
POSITIVE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
With student academic outcomes driving our model, Blue Engine works to ensure students have a positive classroom experience. We measure student experience quarterly through student surveys and have seen positive results.
At Blue Engine partner schools, not only do Blue Engine seniors graduate at higher rates, the number of college ready seniors has climbed dramatically. 78% of Blue Engine seniors graduated in 2017, as compared to 63% of seniors at the same schools prior to their partnerships with Blue Engine (class of 2013).
Additionally, we have seen higher graduation rates among Blue Engine seniors, as compared to the pre-Blue Engine cohorts. The college readiness index, which indicates that students can avoid damaging remedial coursework in college, are up 106% – a 15 point jump (from 15% to 31%) across four schools where we have comparison data.
PIPELINE OF FUTURE EDUCATORS PREPARED FOR THE CLASSROOM
We recruit and train individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in the classroom to become Blue Engine Teaching Apprentices (BETAs), committing to a one-year term of AmeriCorps service. At the end of the year, BETAs may choose to participate for a second year with increased responsibilities and the option to enroll in our partner teacher residency program to become fully certified teachers the following year
Blue Engine alumni work across the education sector and remain in the classroom longer than the average district teacher.
*A note about our impact measurement methodology…
Blue Engine’s rigorous evaluation methodology measures overall student academic growth in terms of “additional months of learning.” This means we evaluate student performance in Blue Engine classrooms compared to average district performance, and then convert these gains into additional days of learning. Each year, Blue Engine aims help each and every student make significant progress in a given year.