Flight Path is Avenues’ transformative new tool for academic assessment, developed to provide a holistic overview of a student’s growth over their entire school career. After being developed by a team of researchers, statisticians and educators from the Avenues R&D team, Flight Path was prototyped in 2021 at Avenues Online. In 2022, it was rolled out across Avenues’ brick-and-mortar campuses around the world.
The report card reimagined
A powerful tool for teachers, parents and students alike, Flight Path integrates a constellation of data to plot a student’s progress over their time at Avenues. Unlike traditional report cards, which present a one-dimensional snapshot of a student’s past performance in a given subject, Flight Path looks forward, enabling students to see where they’re headed–and make any changes that might be necessary to get where they want to go.
Student growth, visualized
Think of Flight Path as a kind of academic dashboard–a tool for tracking, visualizing, and calibrating a student’s progress. At the center of the dashboard is the graph, which plots a student’s data over time, against a scale that we developed to understand Avenues’ students growth across a range of measures.
The Target Range
The green band that stretches across the graph indicates the range of what we consider to be on-target for a student as they move up through the grades. The researchers who developed Flight Path calculated this range based on several years of data from Avenues graduates who matriculated into selective colleges and universities, as well as our own benchmarks.
The Growth Line
The growth line depicts a student’s academic trajectory, calculated at the beginning and end of each year as a weighted average of the various indicators. The position of the growth line relative to the target range lets students, teachers and parents know when intervention might be necessary. A student whose indicators and growth line are towards the bottom of the range might need more support, while one whose growth line is consistently within the target range might benefit from additional challenge.
Flight Path gathers a range of data points from a student’s journey through Avenues and plots them against a target range. These indicators include standardized tests such as the SAT and ISA, classroom report cards, and specific skills-based assessments, as well as more dynamic elements like extracurricular projects, special activities, exemplary work, and study abroad experiences.
“Flight Path is a powerful tool for developing growth mindset in students. Getting a less strong result after a period of success can be rattling for a student. This is a way for us to anchor them in the bigger picture. Instead of looking at that one performance in isolation, Flight Path lets us see it in the context of their growth over time.”
Head of School, Avenues Online
“There is such incredible satisfaction in being able to see how you’ve worked through your struggles, while also thinking about the path ahead. Flight Path allows students to figure out the steps they need to take, along with their mentors and dean, to get to where they want to go.”
“Flight Path invites students to reflect on the path they’re on and ask, “is there something I need to do or change in order to improve my trajectory?” The message is always that they’re in control, that they can look at the information and make changes, that they can learn and grow with this tool.”
Global Director of Research, Analytics and Measurement