We opened our doors in 2010 and have already seen tremendous growth in our students. From 2010 to 2016, our first cohort of students' proficiency in math has grown by an astounding 51% and in English by 18%.
Our students are 98 percent Latino and African-American and 100 percent are admitted through a lottery. Students are given a preference in the lottery if they are an English Language Learner living in the Community School District in which our school is located—District 6. Many students come to us in the fifth grade two to five years behind due to a variety of factors that could include emotional and/or learning challenges, English is a second language and the impact of poverty.
NWEA MAP is an assessment test our students take three times a year. It's a nationally normed, state approved, computerized adaptive assessment tool for measuring real growth and we've used it since the beginning. For the students who start with us in our fifth grade and who are at first or second or third-grade reading, we know the state test is too difficult for them and they won't pass it, but with our NWEA data we can see growth against the targets we set for them. We can't do that with the state test data.