DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District is on a mission to improve student performance and it has a deadline.

By 2020, district leaders wants 90-percent of DISD students to graduate on time.

The program is called “Imagine 2020” and the district has targeted 21 schools in south and west Dallas with high dropout rates and low graduation rates.

The program adds extra tutors, offers students specialized interactive assignments and instruction that students keep with them all the time, thanks to laptops.

At Quintanilla Middle School, educator Thuan Do incorporates “blended” learning, a mix of classroom conversation and online education to teach U.S. History.

“What we’re doing now is intentionally creating habits of mind in our students,” said LaTonya Lockhart, Quintanilla’s assistant principal. Lockhart also oversees the school’s “Imagine 2020” program.

District leaders say student test scores are rising thanks to the “Imagine 2020” campaign.

“Providing those teachers those extra tools, those extra ways of reaching students has really gone a long way,” says Principal Luis Valdez.

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