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.