Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Decatur Township announces its partnership with the University of Chicago to implement the Student Transition and Enrichment Pathway (STEP), a research-based program to produce growth in academic achievement and graduation rates among high school students.
The STEP program utilizes weekly data trends to monitor student academic success and identify “at-risk” ninth and tenth grade students, allowing them the opportunity to enroll in a different school structure tailored to their specific needs.
Teachers are able to track student performance trends such as grade point average, discipline and interaction in order to implement strategies and lesson plans tailored toward specific skill sets. After six months, Decatur Township’s STEP program experienced a 31 percent increase in the number of on-track freshman, meaning the students are passing both their required Algebra and English classes, as well as the majority of their other required courses.
For more information on MSD of Decatur Township, visit www.decaturproud.org.