Children and Youth

Navigator Schools’ students continue to conquer assessments

Students at both the Hollister and Gilroy Prep Schools once again scored at the top of the percentile rankings on the latest standardized tests

For the second consecutive year, both Gilroy Prep (GPS) and Hollister Prep Schools (HPS) performed at the top of their game on the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests the students took at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The results, school officials say, confirm that Navigator Schools, with its targeted focus on eliminating the achievement gap, is creating a successful model.

At GPS, with third- to sixth-grade students taking the SBAC exams, 82 percent of students met or exceeded the English Language Arts (ELA) state standards while 67 percent of those students met or exceeded the math standards, showing improvement over 2015 when 78 percent met or exceeded ELA and 65 percent met or exceeded math standards.

HPS third- and fourth-graders reflected even more significant growth with 86 percent meeting or exceeding ELA standards compared to 82 percent in 2015 and 76 percent meeting or exceeding math standards with 53 percent in 2015.

Kevin Sved, Navigator Schools' chief executive officer, was thrilled with the results, saying “We were excited with the 2015 SBAC results as the numbers reflected our confidence in the Navigator model but the challenge was ensuring continued high performance. The 2016 results prove the success was not a one-time thing but, instead, a reflection of the multi-faceted approach Navigator has been employing since welcoming our first students in 2011. The combination of top-tier teachers, blended learning model, and no-excuse approach led to a second year of impressive results.”

“Internally, we thought our results would at least mirror last year’s performance,”added Navigator Schools Chief Academic Officer, James Dent. “But, learning we exceeded our 2015 numbers is both affirming and inspiring. We founded Navigator Schools to provide an alternative to our local underserved families and watching our dream come to reality is an incredible feeling. We know there are more students out there in need of our model and we look forward to opportunities to positively impact those children.”

Adopted across California during the 2014-15 school year, the SBAC system utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards for ELA and mathematics. For third- through sixth-grade students in California, their scores averaged 46 percent met or exceeding in ELA standards and 38 percent met or exceeding math standards.

Navigator Schools opens and operates college prep K-8 schools in the Central Coast region of California. With its focus on eliminating the achievement gap for all students, Navigator Schools utilizes data-driven instruction, blended learning teaching strategies, and highly-skilled and trained educators to ensure all students have a chance to succeed.

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