Thurgood Marshall College Fund Redesign Network Helps TAKS Test Scores Soar Among Disadvantaged Minority Students


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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Redesign Network Helps TAKS Test Scores
Soar Among
Disadvantaged Minority Students
Royal High School students see improvement in test scores
BROOKSHIRE, TX – February 2, 2009 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund
(TMCF) Redesign Network announces the results of its college preparedness pilot
program. The TMCF Redesign Network is a key project within the national school
reform and partnership initiative and is supported by a grant from the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation. The program’s mission is to assess, identify,
implement and improve best practices in school reform from across the country to
drive enhanced performance in underserved school districts that largely serve
minority students.

The Network established partnerships between historically black colleges
and universities (HBCUs) and high schools that educate at-risk students. Through a
competitive process, six benchmark schools from underserved communities across
the country were selected to partner with five HBCUs. These colleges and
universities were charged with implementing redesign initiatives at the high
schools to better prepare students for college, thereby helping to close the
academic achievement gap. Royal High School partnered with Prairie View A&M University for the
2007-08 school year and made exemplary strides as a result of participation in the
program. Reported below are some of the statistical results achieved through the

Preliminary TAKS test scores show significant improvement compared to scores in 2005.

Eighty-three percent of math students met state standards for the TAKS test.
This rate is 90 percent higher than the 2005 levels.
Eighty-six percent of English language arts students met the state standards.
This rate is 14 percent higher than 2005 levels.
 Ninety-three percent of social studies students and 74 percent of science
students met state proficiency standards.
The TMCF Redesign Network has successfully introduced the college
experience to Royal High School students deemed “at risk.” As a result of this
introduction, more students have enrolled in secondary educational programs at
various colleges and universities. The uniqueness of the redesign
effort at Royal High School is due, in part; to a curriculum that holds students to a
high expectation beyond that of the state of Texas. Due to the commitment of
faculty members and administrators at Royal

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Redesign Network Helps TAKS Test Scores
Soar Among Disadvantaged Minority Students
and Prairie View, students in the program are better prepared to excel academically
and professionally on a global scale.  “The achievements of the unique partnership
between Prairie View A&M University and Royal High School indicate that the
model is something that can be successfully duplicated across the country,” said
President George C. Wright. Prairie View’s heritage is grounded in a
commitment to educating students - at all levels - to be productive professionals
and citizens of their communities and this partnership shows our commitment to
that task. We are indeed delighted to help create a model for other institutions to duplicate.

“Closing the achievement gap continues to be a priority for the Thurgood
Marshall Fund,” says Dwayne Ashley, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
“For decades, HBCUs have been the largest producer of African-American public
school educators in this country, training and preparing more than 58% of those
who teach in public schools.  Thus, the formula is simple… we have to be leaders
in working with the nation to turn our schools around so that we can help to ensure
that our children have an equal chance to go to college and to become productive
contributors to society.” Schools participating in the program in several other states have also seen
marked academic improvements among high school students. Those partnerships

Coppin State University/Coppin Academy High School #434– Baltimore,MD
Southern University/Capital Pre-College Academy for Girls/Boys – Baton Rouge, LA
Winston-Salem State University/Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy –
Winston-Salem, NC
Texas Southern University/Texas Southern University Math & Science at
Jones High School – Houston, TX
The TMCF Reform Network plans to broaden its impact by expanding and
replicating its reform work in the future.

About Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court
Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) located in 22 states with a population of
well over 235,000 students. It is the only national organization of its type that
provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending
the nation’s public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over the last 21
years, Thurgood Marshall College Fund has awarded more than $91 million in
scholarships and programmatic and capacity support, enabling more than 7,500
students to attend public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Thurgood
Marshall College Fund also provides internship programs and joins corporate and
foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students
preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. Thurgood Marshall College
Fund is a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization.