We measure success by quantifiable methods – students’ academic performance, number of Advanced Placement classes taken, Advanced Placement test scores, college entrance exam scores, number of acceptances to residential college summer programs, college admissions and graduation – as well as through student, parent and staff surveys and interviews. National College Access Network’s Common Measures inform our data collection.
Due to the small size of our program, we have the ability to measure student strides on an individual scale. DTS places great importance on creating trusting relationships between students and staff. Through one-on-one sessions, we continuously gauge a student’s academics, well-being, confidence, mindset, family circumstances and other personal pressures and challenges that are unique to him or her. This information allows us to make immediate adjustments in our programming, as well as informs broader approaches and systems to increase college success among low-income, first generation students.