Achievement Network

At a Glance

National Office: 
225 Friend Street Suite 704
Boston, MA 02114

Mora Segal
People Served: 
117,500
Year Founded: 
2005

Focus area(s):

Teacher & Principal Training

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Description

The Achievement Network’s mission is to work alongside school leadership teams to strengthen their school-wide practice and culture of using learning standards and achievement data to get breakthrough results for students in low income communities.  

ANet’s approach tackles the widespread challenges of delivering individualized instruction through an integrated suite of tools and services.  ANet shows teachers and school leaders how to immediately apply the real-time data they capture on student learning, so that teachers can serve their students' individual needs.  Many educators believe we can only close persistent racial/ethnic/income level achievement gaps for low-income students through individualized instruction strategies.​

Impact and Outcomes

ANet’s partner schools have consistently achieved two times the gains of the average schools in their state in both ELA and math end-of- year proficiency exams. These results are consistent across many types of schools (large, small, urban, suburban, charter, etc.).
The seven original ANet schools in Boston have closed persistent and typical achievement disparities when compared to similar schools in MA. Over the last seven years these ANet schools have achieved roughly 27% proficiency gains.
Last year, Boston Public Schools that partnered with ANet last year performed five times better in ELA and two times better in math than the district average.

Mission & Goals

The Achievement Network’s mission is to work alongside school leadership teams to strengthen their school-wide practice and culture of using learning standards and achievement data to get breakthrough results for students in low income communities.  

ANet’s approach tackles the widespread challenges of delivering individualized instruction through an integrated suite of tools and services.  ANet shows teachers and school leaders how to immediately apply the real-time data they capture on student learning, so that teachers can serve their students' individual needs.  Many educators believe we can only close persistent racial/ethnic/income level achievement gaps for low-income students through individualized instruction strategies.​

Program

ANet’s support to partner schools includes: analysis of data on student performance by individual student, class and school as a whole; targeted, practical professional development for leaders and teachers; active coaching; well-designed and Common Core-aligned assessments; insights and materials from its network of schools; and increasingly, strategic engagement at the district level.  ANet’s coaches work with school leadership teams approximately 20 times throughout the year. They develop assessments of specific student learning that align to the standards and format of state summative assessments, and four times a year provide these interim assessments to educators. Data reports and instructional resources are available to partner schools through an online platform, “myANet”, and assessment results are accessible within 48 hours of administration. Additionally, ANet holds meetings and events with all participating schools to encourage proliferation of best practices developed by fellow partner schools in the network.

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE ANET MODEL

  1. Student Formative Assessments and Reports: analyzes student performance data and provides actionable reports 
  2. Job-Embedded Professional Development:  helps leaders and teachers create and implement effective instructional plans based on student performance data as core parts of the teacher’s job 
  3. Membership in the Network:  reinforces instructional routines and offers exclusive access to best practices from other schools
  4. District Engagement:  aligns priorities, structures, and resources across the school or a district to create the environment for teacher and student success

Impact

  • ANet’s partner schools have consistently achieved two times the gains of the average schools in their state  in both ELA and math end-of- year proficiency exams. These results are consistent across many types of schools (large, small, urban, suburban, charter, etc.). The longer the engagement with ANet, the stronger the gains in student proficiency. 
  • The seven original ANet schools in Boston have closed persistent and typical achievement disparities when compared to similar schools in MA. Over the last seven years these ANet schools have achieved roughly 27% proficiency gains. 
  • Last year, four of the top five public schools in Boston showing the largest improvements in ELA were ANet partner schools. Similarly, five of the top six schools with the largest improvements in math worked with ANet
  • Last year, Boston Public Schools that partnered with ANet last year performed five times better in ELA and two times better in math than the district average.

Growth Plan

ANet’s four-year growth strategy focuses on scaling its impact to reach over 250,000 studentsANet’s scaling success will help create the conditions for the practice of individualized instruction and the use of real-time student data to be broadly adopted in the education system.  The growth capital request is for $6.9M to complete the $15M five-year plan ($8.1M raised to-date):

Funds for the 2012-2017 ANet growth plan will be used as follows:

  • Approximately $2.6M for school and district support services, including tech-enabled coaching, national learning opportunities and whole systems engagement
  • $6.1M for product development, including new assessments and instructional tools covering many new subject areas
  • $6.3M of “growth investments” that will fund startup of new networks. ANet projects that new networks will reach financial sustainability by their fifth year of operation

By 2017, ANet projects that it will:

  • Reach 850 schools and more than 250,000 students
  • Expand into 5-6 new regions across the country
  • Replicate its track record of student achievement at all of its schools 
  • Focus on student achievement gains across multiple school subject areas

Location of Sites

National Office: 
225 Friend Street Suite 704
Boston, MA 02114
List of locations

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$3,439,312
Government Funding: 
$1,572,972
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$12,010,515
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$17,022,799

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$15,702,048
Occupancy: 
$444,850
Travel & Entertainment: 
$644,289
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$112,900
Telephone & Communications: 
$334,408
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$356,848
Total Expenses: 
$17,595,343

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$-572,544

Prior Year Actuals

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$3,840,923
Foundation Grants: 
$1,482,022
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$9,429,056
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$0
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$14,752,001

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$10,382,364
Occupancy: 
$262,150
Travel & Entertainment: 
$500,487
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$99,269
Telephone & Communication: 
$256,987
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$320,237
Total Expenses: 
$11,821,494

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$2,930,507

Major Funders

Barr Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Centerbridge Foundation
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
EdVestors
Excellent Schools Detroit
Good Schools Resource Center
Lynch Family Foundation
Massachusetts Department of Education
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
New Profit
New Schools for New Orleans
Philadelphia Schools Partnership
Shippy Foundation
Strategic Grant Partners
Tennessee Charter School Incubator
The Skillman Foundation
United States Department of Education
Hyde Family Foundations