PERC represents a dramatic breakthrough for educators and policymakers seeking a way to address the issues of chronic student underperformance and low levels of college preparedness

Through our restructured classroom, PERC seeks to prove that we can in fact prepare youngsters for the growing demands of the 21st century economy. Based on research and observations about the effectiveness of peer-education in afterschool and summer school programs, PERC breaks from the typical pedagogical model where one teacher instructs 30 or more students. Instead, under a teacher’s guidance, peer leaders, known as Teaching Assistant Scholars (TASs), teach science or math course material to small groups of 4 or 5 students.

As part of the program requirements, each TAS also participates in the TAS Class, a specially designed class that helps students learn to teach and to learn and thereby prepare for the rigors of college. The data supports the new model. TASs are demonstrating increased confidence, improved grades, and the readiness to enter college without the need for remediation. In addition, teachers and administrators are also benefitting, reporting reduced behavioral issues in PERC classrooms and an increase in PERC teacher satisfaction rates.

The PERC Timeline

Getting the PERC program up and running takes only two years.

By the end of the second year, the first group of TASs will be ready to retake their Regents exams. Getting the program under way requires selecting and training TASs, professional development for teachers, and cooperation from the school administration.

Year 1
  • School applies for PERC
  • Principal and teachers visit PERC classroom
  • School gets accepted
  • 9th graders in Mathematics and Science Classes apply to be TASs in the fall.
  • New PERC teachers attend summer school for training
  • Potential TASs participate in a one-day orientation
Year 2
  • A PERC coach visits the new PERC class one per week.
  • TASs teach a class and enroll in TAS Class as part of their normal program. (This elective is designed to help students become college-ready.)
  • TASs attend First TAS conference.
  • TASs retake Regents
    TAS attend Second TAS conference
  • Selected TASs can apply for a paid position to teach PERC summer school
  • TASs go on to take specially designed high school classes to achieve college ready benchmarks and advanced STEM courses in 11th and 12th grade to achieve Advanced Regents Diploma and earn college credits.
  • TASs attend Bridge to College after graduation.