The Reading Team manages for results. We apply comprehensive achievement metrics to track each child’s progress, to strengthen programs and staff, and to enhance budgeting and funding processes.

Our children’s steady significant gains in reading proficiency confirm the transformative power of our model.

Extraordinary Test Results

If there’s one metric that speaks loudest about the success of our program, it’s the pass rate of the New York State English Language Arts Exam (NYS ELA).

The NYS ELA is a test given annually to public school students in Grades 3-8 statewide. It assesses how well they have mastered important skills in reading, writing, and listening based on the Common Core Learning Standards. We have enhanced instructional programming, especially for our children in Grades 2-5, to ensure they can keep pace with the demands of the standards and their long-range focus on college and career readiness.

In a neighborhood in which only about 23% of students pass the NYS ELA exam and about 40% pass this exam city and state-wide, 81%* of Reading Team students in grades 3-5 passed the NYS ELA exam in 2017.

New York State English Language Arts Exam: Grades 3-5 

Independently developed, administered, and scored, the New York State English Language Arts is given annually to public school students in Grades 3-8 statewide to determine how well they mastered skills in reading, writing, and listening. Historically, 80% or more of our children pass this exam, while only 15% to 50% of children in our neighborhood, city, and state pass.

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Test of Early Reading Ability-3rd Edition: Grades K-2 

Our children take the Test of Early Reading Ability-3rd Edition (TERA-3) on program entry in kindergarten and each June thereafter through 2nd grade. The graph below depicts their national percentile ranking in Grades K-2, as measured by the TERA-3, from their pre-test in kindergarten through their successive post-tests through 2nd grade. 


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