This isn't in middle school, it is the Oakland Unified School District's project with Cal State Hayward, designed to get kids who are now in 11th grade into college. This is more like a note to myself to follow up on. SOAR started with 9th graders 2 years ago, and is designed to get the class of 2005 into college at a higher rate than they do now.
Project SOAR Take Home Computer Program
The Take Home Computer Program (THCP) ensures that every SOAR student has the opportunity to earn a free take home computer complete with an educational software package that includes word processing,
algebra tutorials, spreadsheet applications, database capability, games, etc. that will assist them in their school performance.
Students earn the computer by attending a three-hour training session with a parent/guardian. In this introductory session, the student and parent are also introduced to the Internet and how to access information about college entrance requirements and financial aid opportunities.
The computers are donated by private industry to SOAR partner, OTX West. Through the efforts of community volunteers, the computers are prepared for SOAR students and help provide technology as a tool for the student's academic success. SOAR students and parents have earned over 1,500 take home computers participating in this program.
EdVision Performance Assessment Testing
The EdVision Performance Assessment is a computer adaptive assessment test that is electronically administered and scored. It is designed to measure growth in student learning for individual students, classrooms, schools and districts. The tests provide accurate and immediate scores to help teachers plan instructional programs. The standard package includes tests for mathematics, reading and language arts.
Project SOAR utilizes the EdVision test data and other data assessment to provide interventions that are aligned with students' strengths and weaknesses to prepare them to be college freshman in 2005.
Individual Student Plan (ISP)
One of the major decisions that SOAR students and their families will make is how to plan for College. To help them in this process, SOAR has developed the Individual Student Plan (ISP). The ISP has five modules:
Career & Education
Reviewing School Data
Making the Most of School
The ISP is a web-based student interview focused on students' future hopes, goals and plans. Students go through the ISP process with their SOAR Academic Counseling Assistants. Students relate their experiences, goals and hopes for the future. The ISP generates a "living" action plan to assist them in achieving their goals and is updated periodically through their high school stay. Students are also able to review their personal data, i.e. Test scores, GPA, attendance, etc. with the ACA. This data is used to map out an appropriate action plan for student success.