Promise Neighborhood elementary students are outpacing Kentucky in reading and math gains.
The Promise Neighborhood initiative provides academic support in math and reading for elementary school students. Staff have provided 1,741 hours of tutoring for elementary students since implementation began in 2012. From the 2011-12 school year to the 2012-13 school year, elementary students in the Promise Neighborhood made significantly higher gains than elementary students across Kentucky in math and reading. The percentage of students achieving at grade level in math increased by 8.7% in the Neighborhood, compared to a 3.46% increase in the state. Reading achievement showed an increase of 3.87% in the Neighborhood, compared to the state increase of 0.13%.
GEAR UP students are showing academic gains.
Berea College GEAR UP serves more than 10,000 8th and 9th graders in Appalachian Kentucky schools as they progress from middle school to high school to their first year in college. GEAR UP uses a variety of strategies to increase academic achievement, including professional development for teachers, tutoring for students, and family engagement. In math, reading, and science, the academic growth in GEAR UP schools outpaced the academic growth in Kentucky schools. In math, academic growth in GEAR UP schools outpaced the state by 2.3%. In reading, academic growth in GEAR UP schools was 1.5% higher than the state’s growth. And, in science, academic growth in GEAR UP schools outpaced the state by 2.26%.
Attendance is improving in an AmeriCorps School Turnaround High School.
Twenty AmeriCorps members serve full-time at Leslie County High School as part of Partners for Education’s PartnerCorps program. Each student in the high school is assigned an AmeriCorps member as a mentor. Mentors focus on student attendance, performance, and educational planning. Leslie County High School reports a 2.5% improvement in attendance rates this academic year as compared to the same period last academic year.
Talent Search students graduate high school at high rates.
In the Class of 2013, 98% of Talent Search students graduated from high school, compared to 78.9% of seniors in Kentucky. Seventy-nine-percent of those graduating Talent Search students enrolled in post-secondary education, compared to 63.1% of graduating seniors in the state.
Upward Bound Math & Science Students enroll in college at high rates.
Seventy-three-percent of the 2012 Upward Bound Math & Science high school graduates enrolled in postsecondary institutions as compared to 62.5% of all Kentucky students enrolling in postsecondary institutions. Eighty-percent of these students continued in their second term at a postsecondary institution.
Historically, Berea College GEAR UP students have made significant improvement in reading and math.
GEAR UP 1999 served Rockcastle County Schools from 1999-2005. Over the 6-year period, the percentage of students who scored Proficient and Distinguished on Kentucky’s Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) increased 17% in math and 15% in reading.
GEAR UP 2005 also exceeded its student achievement and growth objectives.
GEAR UP 2005 served six school districts from 2005 to 2011: Berea Independent, Estill County, Jackson County, Lee County, Madison County, and Rockcastle County. The number of 8th-graders at or above benchmark on the EXPLORE assessment increased 2.4% in math and 4.4% in reading from 2006-07 to 2010-11. The number of students scoring at or above benchmark on the 10th grade PLAN assessment increased 7.5% in math and 6.2% in reading from 2007-08 to 2010-11.
Historically, GEAR UP has significantly increased college-going rates.
By 2005, the last year of GEAR UP 1999, college-going rates for GEAR UP students increased 13%. GEAR UP 2005 similarly increased college-going rates, with six school districts seeing their numbers improve from 52% of students enrolling in college in 2004-05 to 60% of students enrolling in college in 2010-11.