1. Closing achievement gaps through the implementation and coaching of rigorous Common Core State Standards
2. Systemically increasing college and career-readiness
3. Boosting graduation rates
4. Implementing Innovation Learning Pathways
5. Building Public-Private Partnerships through our community engagement process
These are skill sets Dr. Sampson honed through the Harvard University Achievement Gap Initiative and through teacher quality research with Harvard University's Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson. As a practitioner, Dr. Sampson's analysis of students’ performance data provided a national value-add approach to building sustainable learning environments.
At Dr. Sampson's former high school Westerville North High School, such practices led him to identify gaps in student enrollment in Advance Placement (AP) courses that led the school district to create systemic corrective measures to improve student learning outcomes. As a result, the school experienced a 600% increase of African-American students enrolled in Advance Placement courses. Additionally, the school saw a 35% increase of students' AP exam scores rising from 3 to 4.