What We Do
Center for New Models in Education at Pattern for Progress
Grant or individual contributions to the Pattern for Progress education initiative will go toward the operating expenses of a new Center for New Models in Education established in 2015 – Pattern’s 50th anniversary year.
The need for such a center has become increasingly clear in recent years. We need to change the way we think about the outcomes of education to ensure that all students who seek to attend college are equipped to succeed and so that we have a highly qualified workforce for the changing world in which we live.
In its 50th anniversary year, Pattern has created the Center for New Models in Education. There is no other independent organization in the Hudson Valley that focuses on the needs of education regionally. In a set of baseline initiatives, the Center seeks to launch a research agenda to measure existing school opportunity in the Hudson Valley and to examine how public investment in the region’s school districts can lead to better results – while at the same time curbing the costs and stemming the rise of taxes.
Statement of Purpose
Of New York’s State’s 695 school districts, 122 of them are in the Hudson Valley. As a state, we invest $63 billion in our public schools annually. We are the highest ranked state in terms of expenditure per pupil, yet rank between 31 and 33 in results.
Many students struggle to succeed and the majority graduate from high school unprepared for college or for the workplace. In New York State, only 38% of students graduate from high school ready for college or career (as measured in standard Regents English and Math tests). As a result, more than 50% of students entering community colleges require remediation in math and English. Increasingly, employers are raising their voices to say that high school and community college graduates lack basic skills. Workforce training is essential to meeting the demands of employers in the coming decades. Finally, it is essential that we examine how we fund our schools so that we ensure it is equitably done. What can be done? We blame no one, but instead seek to engage in a dialogue that will result in moving us forward.