Math and Reading Skills Improvement Through-out an After-School Program

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Dr. Jane Finn and Dr. Vicki Lynn Holmes

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The Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) Program on Hope College’s campus works with at-risk elementary students from the Holland area. These elementary pupils are mentored by Hope College students and focus on improving reading and math skills. This study compared the growth of the CASA students’ math and reading after one year in the program. Students were given the Brigance Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (CIBS II) subtests of word recognition, oral reading, reading comprehension, and math grade level placement. They were assessed in Fall 2014 and then again in Spring 2015. A paired T-test determined the significance of the change in students’ scores for the academic year. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted to determine if students’ improvement in the different areas of literacy significantly differed from one another. It was found that students improved significantly in all of the assessed areas. A limitation of our study was not being able to control for outside variables.

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