Since 2006, The Mind Trust has been on a journey to transform Indianapolis’ education landscape into a place ripe with opportunities for every student.
Our work has impacted thousands of Indianapolis students and made Indianapolis one of the best-positioned cities in the country to achieve lasting, systemic change that creates better opportunities for all K-12 students.
See some of the ways The Mind Trust is helping to create an educational infrastructure that’s improving opportunities for every child in Indianapolis.
The Mind Trust has supported the launch of 41 public schools since 2012, including 23 Innovation Network Schools and 15 independent charter schools that currently serve over 12,000 students and will serve more than 15,000 students at scale.
The growth of autonomous schools has brought more students back into the public education system, reversing a decades-long enrollment decline. A 2019 study by Stanford University showed that students attending innovation and charter schools show significant learning gains compared to their peers in traditional schools. .
During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Mind Trust expanded its support for students attending Indianapolis schools by investing more than $276,000 to ensure families had access to e-learning support and supervision at no cost to them.
The Mind Trust believes supporting teachers is essential for providing world-class public education options so that children, no matter their background or circumstances, can excel.
That’s why we have provided teachers at over 100 schools with professional development and expert coaching, often significantly offsetting the cost for this support.
The Mind Trust also has helped with the placement of more than 1,640 teachers in district classrooms through our investment in and partnerships with:
- Teach For America
- TNTP’s Indianapolis Teaching Fellows
- Relay Graduate School of Education’s Teaching Residency
More students are currently attending public schools—which include traditional schools, IPS Innovation Network Schools, and charter schools—within district boundaries than at any time since 1993. During the 2020-2021 school year, 37% of Indianapolis Public School students attended an Innovation Network School.
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Closing proficiency gaps
In a 2019 study, researchers from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that:
- Students in Indianapolis charter schools made learning gains equivalent to 77 days of additional learning in math and 100 days of additional learning in math
- Students in Innovation Network Schools made learning gains equivalent to 53 days of additional learning in math and 89 days of additional learning in math
- Black students in autonomous schools made learning gains equivalent to 65 days of additional learning in math and 83 days of additional learning in math
- Latino students in autonomous schools made learning gains equivalent to 100 days of additional learning in math and 94 days of additional learning in math
Black students in Indianapolis charter and IPS Innovation Network Schools passed both the English and math 2018-2019 ILEARN exams at double the rate of their traditional public school peers. Moreover, Black students attending independent charter schools in Indianapolis passed at almost three times the rate of their traditional school peers.
Latino students in independent charter schools passed both the English and math exams at almost double the rate of their traditional public school peers.
On the 2018-19 ISTEP+ exam, high school students attending autonomous schools were over four times more likely to be proficient than their peers in traditional school.
While unacceptable proficiency gaps continue to exist for Black and Latino students relative to their white peers, we continue to see that students of color who attend autonomous schools are much more likely to demonstrate proficiency.
See how great school leaders in Indianapolis—empowered with autonomy and accountability—are making a difference, especially with students of color.
The Mind Trust has built an ecosystem of 14 education nonprofit organizations that support schools and families. We have supported the launch of these nonprofits through recruitment of nationally-recognized organizations and our Education Entrepreneur Fellowship.