From April 2004 through May 2005, the district collected anecdotal evidence and measurable evidence that helped demonstrate the success of the program. Employees throughout the district reported personal growth in their family life and with their children as they applied the principles of the 21 Keys curricula. In addition, many employees reported positive changes in their work habits and the community commented on the positive changes they observed in various departments and schools.
In June 2005, state test scores reflected the positive impacts of the program on student achievement.Snowflake analyzed the percentage of students passing the state test from 2000 to 2005 and found 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th grade students scoring above the state average on eight out of twelve scores in mathematics, reading and writing. “The gains were significant enough that you could not discount that something had been done differently and it was successful,” said Wyman.
“The primary change throughout the district was the implementation of The Pacific Institute’s 21 Keys program.”
The detailed analysis of mathematics scores revealed that Snowflake Junior High School showed a 58% increase in the number of students receiving a passing score on the state test from the prior year. While a change in the test contributed to some of the increase, the school had a 24% higher increase than the state.
The district’s 3rd grade students showed a 19% increase, 12% better than the state increase.
Ninety percent of 10th graders received a passing score in reading in 2005, a 28% increase from the previous year. Meanwhile, state scores increased by 12%, with only 71% of 10th graders receiving a passing score. Snowflake 8th graders showed a 30% increase, while the state increase was 13%.
The Snowflake also had a greater percentage passing 3rd and 5th grade students than the state.
Thirty percent more 10th graders passed in writing, while the state saw a 9% increase. Eighth graders scored 11% higher than the state average and 3rd graders scored 13% higher than the state.
According to Wyman, all of these positive results are maintained when comparing the 2005 scores over the past five years.
At Snowflake Jr. High School, Owen attributes this to “positive self-talk about our school, students, and faculty. The result is that we have fewer major discipline problems, higher student participation and success, a faculty that is setting new visions almost weekly and an environment that is primed for continual success.”
“Our goal is to have all of our kids reaching or exceeding state and federal standards by 2010,” said Wyman, who is looking to beat No Child Left Behind’s goal of 2014. “We believe 21 Keys™ helped establish expectations and had a significant impact on these results.”