Too often, we measure a student’s achievement only by their academic performance. At Gateway High School, we know that achievement looks different for every student, and that is not necessarily reflected in the gradebook. While experts agree that student achievement is made of three primary aspects – personal, social, and economic – the circumstances of the individual student play a large factor in what the student’s achievement actually looks like.
This school year, countless students across the country are experiencing different learning circumstances due to public health measures and distance learning guidelines. This is especially the case for students with limited to no access to technology at home. It is important for students, parents, and educators alike to be mindful of the varying circumstances that will influence what student achievement looks like at home. As we approach this upcoming school year, consider the personal, social, and economic aspects of achievement to set expectations of learning at home. With these three aspects in mind, we will be able to better identify, measure, and foster student achievement in distance learning.
Personal achievement results in students working toward feeling content and having a sense of well-being. With personal achievement, students will be capable and prepared to lead the lives that they want for themselves. Fulfilling personal achievement allows students to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams, passions, and aspirations.
Setting the standard of high personal achievement at home can make a huge difference in academic performance. This school year, it is more important than ever to encourage students to continue to reach toward personal achievement, even when they’re struggling.
Social achievement results in a student’s ability to contribute to society and respect the contributions of others. With social achievement, students can join and collectively form an informed community that treats others with fundamental values like tolerance, respect, and justice.
Fostering social achievement at home will help students establish long term goals. This framework for success will resonate both in and out of the classroom.
Lastly, economic achievement results in students building skills to contribute to the national economy and sustain themselves financially. Being able to act as innovators, entrepreneurs and contributing members of society is a direct result of a student’s economic achievement.
The U.S. Department of Education recommends that parents and educators shift resources to what has the greatest evidence of effectiveness and success for our students as it relates to economic achievement. As we approach the beginning of the school year at home, it is important to identify where we can make adjustments to improve not just economic achievement, but all three aspects. Whether that is providing tutoring, supporting homework, or simply communicating expectations about learning, parents can positively contribute to student success and improve student achievement this year.
The learning and development required for each aspect of achievement can vary from student to student. While the core disciplines like Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, And Science can apply, it is important to consider the contributions of other skills like social-emotional development and critical-thinking skills. This year, while we are all learning from home, consider the areas of focus, abilities, and values your student is developing as it relates to their achievement.
At Gateway High School, we are committed to the achievement of every student, whatever that may look like. Gateway provides opportunities for every student, at every level and in every circumstance, to prepare them for ongoing success. Programs, teachers, and departments make student achievement at Gateway stand apart and set students up for post-secondary success. No matter where Gateway students want to go in life – college, trade school, or straight into work – they leave here with the education and the confidence to tackle the world. Read more about Gateway programs here.