Huntington North High School is above the state average in ACT composite scores, graduation rates four years or less, ISTEP English/Language Arts for grade 10, ISTEP Math for grade 10, SAT composite scores, SAT critical reading scores, and SAT mathematics scores. http://mustang.doe.state.in.us/SEARCH/snapshot.cfm?schl=3065. To access this data click on the underlined titles in the “Benchmarks” list located below the yellow and blue bar chart.
New Tech reports some impressive results, http://www.newtechnetwork.org/newtech_results, such as 85% of New Tech seniors applying to one or more colleges with a 98% acceptance rate. However, when asked by the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) School Board for the New Tech definition of college, the New Tech representative responded:
“The definition of “college” is used loosely to include trade schools, four-year colleges, and other post-secondary education.”
According to New Tech Foundation, “These figures are based on a subset of New Tech schools,” meaning there is presently no comprehensive data collection process. Further results on the same web page report reading skills are strong for ninth graders, coming in from public schools, but decrease the longer students stay in the New Tech program. Could this be a result of having no textbooks in the New Tech model? The New Tech curriculum is web-based where the student “no longer needs to rely primarily on teachers or textbooks for knowledge and direction.” http://www.newtechnetwork.org/newtech_model (See the heading entitled “Fully applied technology that supports deep learning.”) A notable weakness of New Tech is in the math department, where only 50% of the New Tech algebra I students outperformed comparison schools within their district, only 38% of algebra II students, and 43% of geometry students outperforming comparison schools. The science department fared better with a reported 75% of life science and 69% of biology students outperforming comparison schools, but the chemistry performance was apparently low enough that the percentages were not reported other than to say students “had lower achievement in chemistry.” Do these results reflect an environment that prepares the students for the rigor of college?
In a comparison of results from the New Tech Network versus Huntington North High School, HNHS compares favorably to the New Tech Network.