Thanks to the leadership and support of caring investors, during the current 2011-2012 program year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area (BGCP) have been able to expand the tracking of outcome measurements to include more youth participants within a wider range of grade levels, and have also implemented a more extensive measurement of youth achievements for the reporting of outcomes.
Tracking the achievements of youth participants through the DIBELS data system, which measures participants’ reading benchmark scores at the start and the end of each program year providing a comparison to their grade level benchmark goals, each child’s scores at these assessment periods are entered into the DIBELS database system to identify them in one of three categories pertaining to their appropriate grade level reading skills: At-Risk, Low-Risk, or At Benchmark.
At minimum, DIBELS assessments are administered twice a year (in the fall and the spring), and this has been the model which has been used by the Literacy Centers since 2009. However, in October 2011, each of the Literacy Centers was able to implement a new DIBELS assessment model, which now includes a total of three annual youth assessments (fall, winter and the spring). Furthermore, each of the Literacy Centers have also expanded the tracking of these assessments to include an additional grade level, 2nd through 4th (where previously, only 2nd and 3rd graders were being tracked). Additionally two locations have begun tracking 5th grade participants, with the hope that each fo the six site locations will be tracking 2nd through 5th grade by the start of the 2012-2013 program year.
During the current 2011-2012 program year, there are a total of 211 youth from six (6) Club site locations who are being tracked for outcome measurements through their participation in Targeted Literacy Intervention programs. These 211 youth are from the following grade levels: 95 second graders; 81 third graders; 30 fourth graders; and 5 fifth graders.
Based upon scores obtained from the mid-year (winter) DIBELS assessments, youth have demonstrated the following outcomes to date:
Additionally, we also can observe that among the six Club sites that the following is true:
Based upon the mid-year outcomes demonstrated to date, we are confident that final outcomes which will be reported in the summer of 2012 will demonstrate tremendous achievement gains in the reading development among the total youth who are being served through this program.
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