Fordham-authorized Columbus Collegiate Academy wins highest honor for student achievement

Columbus Collegiate Academy, a Fordham-authorized charter school in one of Columbus’s
poorest neighborhoods (Weinland Park), has just been awarded the Gold-Gain EPIC
award by New Leaders for New Schools for dramatic gains in student achievement. 

This award is an incredible
accomplishment on the part of CCA school leader Andy Boy and his dedicated
staff. Only four charter schools in the entire country earned the Gold award.
CCA won EPIC’s silver award last
– and was the only charter school
in the whole state of Ohio to win. The school’s ability to continue making
tremendous gains with students – 94 percent of whom are economically
disadvantaged – propelled it into the very top tier for student growth, among
the ranks of some of the most impressive charter schools in the country.

CCA Executive Director and Founder
Andy Boy explained the school’s keys to success in a press release:

We are so proud of our students and staff.  Our
teachers and staff share the belief that all students can and will learn when
provided the right environment for academic success.  Through high
expectations, a structured school day, and an uncompromising focus on academics
our students are outpacing students from around the country.

Kathryn Mullen Upton, director of
charter school sponsorship at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, noted:

We are thrilled that Columbus Collegiate Academy is a 2011
EPIC Gold Gain School. This award recognizes the exceptional quality of the
academic program at Columbus Collegiate, the relentless efforts of its staff and
leader, and the positive impact that Columbus Collegiate has on its students.

New Leaders for New Schools started EPIC
— the Effective Practice Incentive Community – in 2006 “to link principal and
teacher incentive pay to the wide-scale sharing of effective educational
practices.” EPIC recognizes and rewards school leaders and staff in these
schools (CCA will receive approximately $42,000 in staff bonuses this year) and
creates comprehensive case studies of their successes so that others may learn
from them. In this way, EPIC serves as not just a unique performance pay
program but as a professional development platform for participating charter
schools nationwide and district schools in Washington, DC; Memphis; and

As its authorizer, we’re incredibly
proud of CCA and the hard work of Andy Boy and the school’s teachers and staff.
Last year on the Ohio Achievement Assessment, the school’s sixth and seventh
graders outscored their Columbus City School peers in every tested subject, by
margins as large as 54 percentage points. One hundred percent of CCA seventh
graders passed the state math test, while 93 percent were proficient on the
reading test – compared to averages of 77 percent and 84 percent statewide.
In other words, the school’s students are outpacing their peers in wealthier
and suburban communities despite attending school in the heart of one of
Columbus’s poorest neighborhoods.

Congrats to CCA and to all this
year’s winning schools!

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