Purpose Brings Progress

Students, Parents and Professionals Working Together for better grades!

(Above: Kaileb, View Park Prep middle school student at YRI’s life planning training in July 2022.)

Motivation to do better can come from a number of places. For us this month, it came from a report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which conducted reading and mathematics assessments for age 9 students to examine student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Average scores for age 9 students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020. This is the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first ever score decline in mathematics.

While it is alarming, for those of us driven to help students get better grades, it is an additional motivation to be smarter about our approach. The importance of reading as a building block to do better in other subjects means it remains a priority in every program including ours.

This month of September we will continue to conduct student assessments to identify areas for improvement while also setting baselines for projected achievements this semester.

Published by Mervin Lambey

Mervin has worked for the past 10 years as the Administrative Services Manager for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program. Prior to this, he worked as the Director of Marketing and Resource Development for the Specialty Family Foundation at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Los Angeles. Mr. Lambey has considerable international experience working as a contracts officer for the Government of Belize and the Director of Evaluation for Planned Parenthood Belize (BFLA). He has an MPH from the University of South Florida and Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Journalism from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

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