In a statewide effort to spread and scale effective Back on Track programs, Jobs for the Future works with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local schools, institutions of higher education, and community based organizations to provide technical assistance, identify, and codify promising practices, develop tools for design improvement, and support replication efforts.
Strategic Policy Analysis and Capacity Building
JFF has been working with the Texas Education Agency since 2009 to help increase Texas students' postsecondary readiness and success. Through this partnership, JFF:
Replicating Success: Developing Demonstration Sites
The Rio Grande Valley Back on Track to College Replication Network builds on the successes of the TEA's Texas Dropout Recovery Pilot Program (TDRP). The Network brings together the school destricts of Brownsville, Donna, Edinburg, La Joya, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, and San Benito, with South Texas College and Texas State Technical College, to develop and spread "Back on Track" schools that can significantly impact Texas' graduation and college-readiness rates. The Network’s anchor site is the College, Career, and Technology Academy (CCTA) in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district, TDRP grantee. Since 2007, CCTA has graduated more than 1000 off-track students college-ready—many with some college credits already earned.
Jobs for the Future is developing and coordinating the Replication Network in the Rio Grande Valley. The purpose of the Replication Network is two-fold:
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Funding for the Back on Track to College Replication Network is through a grant from Open Society Foundations.
Since the TEA launched the Texas Dropout Recovery Program, with technical assistance provided by Jobs for the Future starting in 2009, more than 9,800 students have been reenrolled—more than four times the number projected.
Related Publications & Tools
Report: Back on Track's work with CCTA