A+ Schools of North Carolina is research-based school reform. From the beginning, A+ Schools has been the subject of a comprehensive program evaluation to understand the efficacy and effectiveness of our education model. Additionally, the North Carolina Arts Council, in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction, collects data on participating schools each year to determine how individual A+ schools are doing over time, what specific professional development is needed, and if any broader program-wide course corrections should be considered.
To better understand what happens to a school when it first adopts the A+ model, our research team analyzed a seven-year sample of data from more than 20 A+ schools. The data mining started two years before each school entered the program through the first three years of A+ training. Here is what we discovered: