For that Custom-Fit
We work with schools, boards, authorizers, and state education agencies to create customized school goals that work.
We start by examining your context, priorities, and current situation--we recognize that each one of us is different. Based on your priorities, we design a process that results in unique responsive goals, just right for your school(s) and situation. Through 15-20 virtual meetings, we are able to learn how you currently assess quality, discover what you value most, and help you identify more nuanced and responsive ways to Assess: Global access, Academics, Mission, and Equity, including social emotional development.
You will work with content experts from start to finish. We will provide you with completed goals with research-based targets and clearly defined business rules. By working with the A-GAME, you will be ready to launch and implement responsive and effective goals that truly capture school improvements and quality.
Our office greatly values the relationships we have established with the charter schools in our portfolio. As an authorizer, Compliance monitoring is certainly an important part of the work, but catching schools doing something wrong is no fun. It's more enjoyable and inspiring to recognize schools for doing something innovative and effective. Students and families are better served when all stakeholders are pulling in the same direction.
Delaware Department of Education
A-Game has allowed us to engage in meaningful conversations with our authorizer about critical accountability topics, thanks to the facilitation skills of the A-Game staff.
Mark P. Ryan, Ph.D.
Superintendent at North Valley Military Institute
The collaboration with the A-GAME and charter school leaders offers us an opportunity to refocus our thinking on how schools can best capture and reset goals to promote and highlight successful student outmodes based on data, experience, and personalization.
Los Angles County Office of Education
A critical part of our work as authorizers is to build trusting relationships with charter school leaders. We are leaning into our relationships with schools more than ever before to better support staff, students, and families. By staying student focused, we are able to prioritize what is most important to our work.
Riverside County Office of Education
Our work with A-GAME was extraordinarily helpful. Naomi and the team facilitated several exercises that helped us remain our work with alternative high schools (and really all charter schools) through an equity driven lens. This step was critical to moving our work forward and provided tangible next steps to focus on with schools. The process brought great energy to the specific need for alternative accountability.
Erin E. Enderson
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
As a community-based authorizer, we engage in open and transparent conversations with AECs in our portfolio to develop responsive goals. Coming to the table as learners allowed our schools to be more with us and went a long way toward building trust. This results in more meaningful goals that better match the support needed in AECs to help students learn, grow, and drive, while at the same time building greater buy-in and understanding of accountability metrics for the schools we work with. Partnering with AECs has opened our eyes to strong accountability measure that we may not have thought of but get to the heart of what it takes to achieve outside the box results for vulnerable students.
New York State Educational Department Charter School Office
Working with you was a great learning experience and I am enthusiastic about what we produced.
Executive Director, Gateway College and Career Academy
The Problem: Disengaged Youth Leave Schools…
Today we are seeing unprecedented numbers of students absent from school due to the fears associated with the pandemic. Many of them are students with disabilities, English learners, or low-income.
If schools do not reengage these students, these students will drop out of school altogether. Schools are building programs to address social emotional development, and states and authorizers should measure their impact.
Creating Responsive Goals
Some schools build healthy climates that support the whole person. We can see the difference when we visit and through anecdotes, but, until now, we have not been able to measure the difference.
We create valid, reliable, quantifiable goals that measure the entire school.
A-GAME Goals is not a one-size-fits-all framework but a process for creating goals that measure what matters. Working with schools, boards, and authorizers, often together, the A-GAME Goals creation process ensures that schools are held to high standards based on what families value most.
The goals are reliable and valid. The authorizer or school board no longer seeks externally valid assessments but becomes the external validator of the school’s educational program.
Beyond Career and College Readiness, A-GAME goals ensure students have taken measurable steps into the real world.
Beyond growth and achievement on state assessments, A-GAME Goals include high school credit earning rates, GPA, internal benchmarks, portfolios, lexile growth, and more.
A-GAME Goals measure the extent to which students embody the school's mission.
A-Game Goals start with the student and measure their growth and achievements. They include measures of school climate, student engagement, and social emotional development.
The A-GAME Coalition of Early Adopters
We are grateful to these authorizing agencies that have recognized the "accountability discount" between what their communities value and what is valued by their frameworks. They have changed how they conduct academic oversight and moved beyond the broad-brush strokes typical in state frameworks to nuanced approaches to illuminate schools' missions as well as student engagement and early academic progress.
Hear It From Our Partners!
A-GAME has helped bring clarity and unique measurable goals to our clients. Here is what they have to say!
Measuring School Quality Using the A-GAME Philosophy
Hear from school leaders about the process of engaging with their authorizer through the A-GAME. Understand how our work supports the unique mission, vision, and program of each school while also holding the schools to rigorous, high standards of achievement and growth.
New Goals for New Times (Building Hope, Florida)
The A-GAME is in many states, from New York to Florida, Missouri to Colorado. This introductory presentation for schools in Florida describes the process, step by step.