Metro Tech Awarded Beat the Odds Gold School

Posted by Community Relations Department on 3/6/2013

Metro Tech is one of three Arizona Schools selected as a “Beat the Odds” Gold  school by the Center for the Future of Arizona’s Beat the Odds Institute, demonstrating consistent growth in student academic achievement in math and reading over two or more consecutive years for minority-intensive, low-income student populations.  The school improvement program focuses on K-12 schools where at least 50 percent of the students are on free or reduced lunch, and at least 50 percent are minority, primarily Latino.


Beat The Odds is a rigorous multi-year school improvement program providing mentoring and training for principals.  It is based on methodology from best-selling author Jim Collins (Good to Great) identifying six keys to success: a strong and steady principal, a clear bottom line, ongoing assessment, collaborative solutions, a program built on individual student needs and a commitment to stick with the program.


“Gold award winners demonstrate that demography is not destiny,” Executive Director of the Beat the Odds Institute Marjorie Kaplan said.  “They have overcome obstacles and improved academic performance through their commitment to our Six Keys to Success.” 


“Metro Tech’s success can be attributed to our ability to stay focused on the right things. We are focused on providing quality learning experiences that build on students’ interests and need for engagement and relevancy,” principal Kate McDonald said.  “We are focused on measuring our instructional success early, often, and in multiple ways. We are focused on collaborating with each other in an open and collegial manner to improve our practices. We are focused on ensuring that our school provides a balanced experience for students to build skills, strategies and experiences that will help them be successful in college, career and life.”


Now in its sixth year, the Beat the Odds Institute’s five-year report showed that 83 percent of Beat the Odds partner schools earned labels better than “performing” compared to 69 percent for all Arizona schools.” 


There were 15 schools that earned silver or bronze awards, including Phoenix Union’s Franklin Police and Fire High School (bronze).