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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which schools are eligible for the MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools project?
Middle schools and high schools with 40% or more of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals are eligible. K-12 and K-8 schools with 40% or more of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals are eligible.

Who can nominate a school?
Anyone can nominate a school. However, the school must support the nomination with documentation.

Can schools outside the United States be nominated?
Schools within the United States and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools can be nominated.

Do schools have to be a member of the National Association of Secondary Schools in order to be nominated?
No. Any middle school or high school can be nominated.

Where can I get a MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools™ nomination form?
The form is available on the Breakthrough Schools website at www.nassp.org/breakthrough from February 1 through June 30, 2013.

When is the nomination deadline?
All nominations must be submitted by June 30.

How long should the nomination form be?
You may copy and paste the nomination form into a word document and expand for additional space as necessary. Typically completed forms are 3-5 pages plus state or local reports for at least three years.

Are electronic copies of report cards acceptable?
Yes. State or local report cards in PDF format are acceptable. Web addresses to state and local reports may be included, but hard copy is required to ensure the appropriate data is received.

What are the selection criterion?
Selection criteria are based on a school’s documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of Breaking Ranks for middle level and high schools that have led to improved student achievement.

  • Collaborative leadership: professional learning communities, shared leadership, and student and staff leadership development;
  • Personalization: attention to all students, mentoring and school/community connections;
  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment: access to rigorous coursework for all students, differentiated instruction with multiple assessments, data-based decision making and opportunities for career development.

Nominated schools must demonstrate:

  • Continuous growth on state assessments over time, including graduation rate for high schools
  • Specific efforts towards reducing the achievement gap
  • 40% or more students eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Additional success indicators:

  • Equity of student participation in challenging courses;
  • Academic and career focused personal learning plans for all students;
  • School community connections;
  • Leadership development/mentoring.

Where do I send the nomination form?
Mail, fax, or e-mail the completed nomination form to: Josephine Franklin, Associate Director for Research and Information Resources

1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703-860-7281
Fax: 703-476-5432

When and how are selected schools announced?
All schools are informed of the status of their nomination by November 15. Selected schools will be announced in a national press release by November 30.

How many Breakthrough Schools will be selected and what do they receive?
Ten schools will be nationally recognized as MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools. Each school will receive a $5,000 grant and be featured in the association’s monthly magazine Principal Leadership. Principals of Breakthrough Schools will participate in dissemination activities at the NASSP Annual Conference and other venues throughout the year.