• NC's innovative high schools make gains in graduation rates

    Graduation rate data for the class of 2013 released this summer by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction show continued strength by partner schools of NC New Schools.

    29 AUG 2013


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  • Rural initiative expands to include more schools, more students

    More students in rural North Carolina will benefit this school year from a pioneering effort aimed at transforming traditional high schools with innovative approaches yielding strong results in the state's growing number of early college high schools.

    29 AUG 2013


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  • INNOVATOR Aug. 29, 2013

    In this issue:
    - Pioneering effort scaled up in Rutherford
    - Rural innovation reaches more students
    - Teachers gain from workplace learning    
    - And more news from New Schools...

    29 AUG 2013


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  • Carolina Country Magazine | Energy + sustainability = a bright future for rural students

    The STEM program of NC New Schools makes college-level learning more accessible for high school students. This article, by Margaret Buranen, includes stories from the STEM Academy at Avery County High School, Edgecombe Early College STEM High School and Duplin Early College High School, all of which are partners with NC New Schools.

    13 AUG 2013


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  • NC New Schools: Supported by Evidence (Research Summary)

    An ongoing experimental study by the SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro finds persuasive evidence on the effectiveness of NC New Schools partner schools - specifically early college high schools. The study, now in its eighth year, is comparing the progress of more than 000 students who enrolled in early college to a control group of about the same number of students who enrolled elsewhere.

    3 AUG 2013


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  • Job Posting | Director of Federal Institutional Advancement

    North Carolina New Schools seeks a director of federal institutional advancement with exceptional knowledge and skills with respect to fund development and policy at the federal level. This position will research and identify opportunities for funding and collaboration with a broad range of government agencies including defense, agriculture, energy, education, labor, and others; research and write  proposals for consideration by government funders and national philanthropies; and advocate for NC New Schools and its partners with national organizations and government representatives

    18 JUL 2013


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  • Advancing STEM Education for North Carolina Students

    Quality STEM education prepares all students to graduate literate in mathematics, science and technology and able to design and communicate solutions to real problems with confidence, ingenuity and thoughtfulness.

    In collaboration with partners in government, business and higher education, North Carolina New Schools seeks to advance quality STEM education with partner schools and districts across North Carolina and to create a cadre of leading STEM schools with the NC STEM Learning Network.

    To learn more about our work in STEM education, download this 12-page booklet, which includes profiles of five STEM-themed schools that partner with NC New Schools.

    8 JUL 2013


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  • American Institutes for Research (AIR) | Early College, Early Success: Early College High School Initiative Impact Study

    The most recent long-term study released in June 2013 finds that early college high schools have had a sustained positive impact on traditionally underserved students nationwide. Reports published by AIR(American Institute for Research) and SRI International point to the unequivocal success of Early College High Schools. Researchers found strong evidence to answer the study's two questions:

    1. Do Early College students have better outcomes than they would have had at other high schools?
    2. Does the impact of Early Colleges vary by student background characteristics (e.g., gender and family income)?

    The study compared outcomes for students from 10 ECHS (Early College High School) where admission was conducted by lottery with similar schools in the districts where students did not have access to structured, tuition free college courses and academic support.

    • The study found that early college students were more likely to graduate from high school than comparison students. 86% of incoming cohort from EC schools graduated on time, vs 81% from the comparison schools. In addition early college students had higher English language arts assessment scores than the comparison group.
    • Early college students were more likely (63%) to enroll in college during their high school career than comparison students (23%). One year after graduation the majority of both groups 77% (EC) vs 67% (Comp) were enrolled in college. Early college students and graduates were more likely to enroll in both two and four year colleges than their comparison peers (59% vs 38% in 2 year colleges and 54% vs 47% in four year colleges).
    • Finally early college students were more likely to earn a college degree than comparison students. By the end of high school, the study found 20% of early college students had earned an associate degree as opposed to 1% of the comparison group. At the end of the first year after high school 21% of early college students had earned a degree, while comparison students earning a degree remained 1%.
    The study found that early college impacts on high school graduation and college enrollment were similar regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, family income, achievement before high school and whether they were first generation in family to attend college. Surveys and interviews demonstrated higher ratings among early college students than comparison groups regarding:
    • Academic rigor
    • College-going culture
    • Level of instructor support
    • Quality of support completing college and financial aid applications.

    This summary was adapted from the complete 2013 report, Early College, Early Success: Early College High School Initiative Impact Study, available at for download here or at Click here to download the report summary.

    30 JUN 2013


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  • STEM Day Links Classrooms and Employers

    STEM Day 2013 recap

    27 JUN 2013


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  • Student Voices from Summer Institute 2013

    Remarks from Kwizera Jesus-Marie, Early/Middle College at GTCC Greensboro and Gennifer Jones, Anson County Early College High School

    27 JUN 2013


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