More than just statistics.
Measurable outcomes involve more than the student's rank on national and state achievement tests. Raising reading comprehension levels for all students, increasing the understanding of basic math concepts, and helping students to achieve a high level of self-esteem are all important and measurable.
EYM's effectiveness as a force for change in these areas has been demonstrated over the last 20 years by excellent EYM student performance on various assessment instruments and tests. Increased parental involvement and support also indicates growth and progress .
While 60% of EYM's Kindergarten through 2nd grade students enter the program testing in the lower percentiles in all areas. After six months of hard work, 80% now score in the 80-90th percentile. This is a significant, measurable improvement.
75% of our 3rd-6th graders enter EYM testing below grade level. After six months, three-quarters of these same low-achieving students are now considered average or above. More than 60% of the students in attendance for one year or more, score at or above grade level.
82% of our 7th-11th grade students (the group considered most at-risk) come to EYM with extremely low test scores - many testing as low as the 25th percentile. After six months, 64% are passing, and after two years, 91% are far above average with hopes of attending a 4-year collegiate institution. At EYM we encourage 4-year collegiate enrollment or transfers to 4-year programs after a 2-year program at a local community college.
The progress and the success of out educational program is measured by the academic, social and emotional growth of each of our students. We are able to track the progress of each of our students through the following:
1. EYM test series. Through our own set of tests on specific Math and English skills we can create an academic benchmark for each student, and with subsequent tests, evaluate progress.
2. Academic standing at school. All progress reports and report cards are brought to Educating Young Minds, reviewed, and filed to reference progress.
3. Results from standardized testing. Using the results from standardized tests, particularly the Stanford 9, we are better able to pinpoint a student's strengths and weaknesses.
4. Collaboration with our "feeder" schools and universities. The EYM staff and administrators visit schools, meeting with the teachers and counselors of our students.
5. Parental and family feedback. Developing a strong relationship with the families of our students and expecting their close involvement in our program. Parental meetings take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.