Transformation Award: For transforming education through tailoring programs for at-risk students.
The Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) in Tennessee has been using FuelEd Anywhere Learning System (ALS; formerly A+) courseware since 2003. CMCSS uses ALS in several high school support programs, including their Alternative School, Virtual School, and Summer Intervention programs. Clarksville has seen dramatic results from its ALS implementation, posting a success rate of 90 percent or more across these three programs during the past several years.
The district has achieved tremendous results of educating students with high poverty (over 45 percent) and mobility rates (some schools have 70–75 percent turnover). They test 26,000 students with 4 tests a year to assess their language arts and math needs. They use the ALS and ALS LearningLink programs for their programs: Pathways Transition program (transitioning into Middle School), Bridges Transition program (transitioning into High School), Grade Recovery Program, Credit Recovery Program, Virtual School Program, Homebound Alternative School Program, and a Response to Intervention Program with progress monitoring. Students were given access to learning in school, at home, or at off-campus locations.
They intervened into the education of their students with a transformational approach giving them all the tools and support they need to succeed. Their efforts were responsible for a district-wide increase in graduation rate that went from 76 percent to 91 percent in the 5 years through the use of all of their programs. The district wide dropout rate went from 11 percent to 0.5 percent over this time as well.