BALTIMORE, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Franklin Square Elementary/Middle was featured on the November 3, 2016 episode of Vice News on HBO. The focus of the feature was building school attendance and connecting to parents and the community by using Success for All's acclaimed school improvement program.
The news piece opens with "Across the U.S., schools in the poorest areas also tend to be the schools with the poorest attendance rates. But one in Baltimore may have cracked the problem by investing time and money in things that most schools wouldn't even consider."
Success for All is designed to ensure that all students reach third grade reading at grade level, and then continue to grow. A relentless school-wide focus on student success enables teachers to work together to develop instructional practices built on powerful cooperative learning to actively engage students in their own and each other's learning. Tutoring further supports struggling readers. Strategies to engage parents preventatively address barrier issues such as attendance and health. School-wide goal setting and progress monitoring, combined with extensive peer-supported coaching, build a continuous improvement process that ensures growing success.
Students in second and third grade participating in Success for All for three years showed substantial gains in reading comprehension (averaging more than a quarter of a standard deviation more than controls) in three large multisite studies involving schools serving primarily African-American and Hispanic students, and English learners.
Success for All has reduced the gap between white and minority students by half for third graders.
In a longitudinal study that that looked at students in eighth grade – three years after leaving their Success for All school - 9% of students from Success for All schools had ever been retained while 23% of control students had been retained. In addition, time in special education was reduced by one-third for Success for All students compared to controls.
About Success for All Foundation
Founded in 1987, the nonprofit Success for All Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that every child, from pre-kindergarten to grade 8, becomes proficient in reading and learning – opening up new doors for a lifetime of achievement. Not only has SFA been proven time and again to help with student reading ability and math performance, it also addresses non-academic concerns, improving behavior, attendance and parental involvement.