The data are in and Innovation Schools are showing solid academic gains for students in Indianapolis Public Schools. While passage rates across public schools statewide have remained flat, the 2016-2017 Innovation Schools have improved on average 4.6 percentage points over their previous year's result. There is much more work to be done, but we're encouraged by the strong leadership of school leaders and teachers and the promising growth shown by students at Innovation Schools across Indianapolis.
In the fall of 2016, Principal Mariama Carson launched Global Preparatory Academy at Riverside 44 as a member of IPS' Innovation School Network. Just one year later, Global Prep has doubled the percentage of students passing both the Math and ELA ISTEP+ assessment. After listening to The 74's interview with her, it's not hard to imagine how one transformational leader made such a dramatic improvement possible.