The National Summer School Initiative: Summer 2021 Results

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Summer 2021 Results


A summer in review.


55

22 states

partner organizations

Between two sessions, the National Summer School Initiative enrolled nearly 18,000 students from 55 partner organizations in 22 states, with close to 1,400 participating teachers.

1,400 teachers

18,000 students


From our founders.

Dear partners, “The book we are reading in this program isn’t boring, it’s very interesting and keeps me wanting to read more!” one seventh-grade student wrote us. A fifth-grader agreed: “My favorite part of summer school was the novel. I was so excited to see what was going to happen next.”

I was thrilled to read comments like these from your students this summer. And they were not outliers: Eighty-six percent of NSSI 2021 students agreed that the program’s novels made them want to read every day. “What I like best about the program is that the math teacher motivates my daughter to enjoy learning more about math,” one sixth-grade parent wrote.“My daughter was having trouble with that subject and now she understands it so well.” Eighty-five percent of parents said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend other students attend a NSSI summer program—with more than two-thirds selecting the highest possible response. The strength—and, most strikingly, the consistency—of your students’ academic gains is much to celebrate. But what moves me most is to know that children experienced the joy of learning. It was a great privilege for all of us at NSSI to work with you this summer. Already, we are planning for 2022. We hope to greatly expand our reach and impact—with you as our partners. With gratitude, Steven

—STEVEN WILSON, FOUNDER AND CEO


“Perhaps the most important impact of NSSI is that teachers reimagine what is possible in their classrooms.” At a time when stories of

student disengagement and massive learning loss are dominating the news, Cadence Learning’s National Summer School Initiative (NSSI) was a huge success. We led an engaging, rigorous summer experience marked by significant student achievement gains. Students, parents, and district and network leaders are all celebrating the impact NSSI had this summer. On a 100-point scale, student achievement went up 18 points in math and 10 points in literature over the five-week summer program. Eighty-five percent of families this summer

said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend other students attend a summer school that uses NSSI’s programming—with 62 percent selecting the highest possible response, a “10.” Ninety-two percent of participating district and school leaders say they would recommend NSSI to other schools. The reason we are getting such great results is that our program models through exceptional curriculum, professional development, and mentor teacher videos what high-engagement, high-expectations teaching and learning looks like. Perhaps the most important impact of NSSI is that teachers reimagine what is possible in their classrooms. When they raise the rigor bar and put thinking on students while providing just-in-time supports, they see their students thriving. With Summer 2021 in the rear-view mirror, the NSSI team is now actively working to refine and improve existing curricula and to expand our offerings across the full K-12 suite so that we can maximize our impact as a summer program partner. We and our clients know that NSSI’s summer is really a strategy for building teacher capacity and lifting teachers’ expectations of their students—a singular professional development experience that can transform instruction in the regular school year.

— D O U G M C C U R R Y, HEAD OF PROGRAMMING


Students learned—a lot.

Over the five-week program, students made on average 18 points of academic gains.


Growth across the board. Students were given 30-minute pre-tests in both literature and math on the first day of the program, and post-tests as the program ended, both constructed of released state exam items. Where 100 percent reflects gaining all possible points, student scores went up 21 points in math and 15 points in literature over the five-week summer program.


Math gains

Some of the largest gains were on standards that gauged conceptual understanding. For instance, third graders made average gains of 38 points in properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division—a critical skill necessary for fourth grade and beyond. Sixth graders made average gains of 34 points in understanding ratios and using ratio reasoning to solve problems.


Standout math performances • 3rd graders made average gains of 37.7 points on standard 3.OA.B.5 (understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division). • 4th graders made average gains of 27.4 points on standard 4.NBT.B.6 (use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic). • 5th graders made average gains of 31.0 points on standard 5.NBT.2 (understand the place value system). • 6th graders made average gains of 34.2 points on standard 6.RP.A.3.B (understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems). • 8th graders made average gains of 26.7 points on standard 8.G.B.7 (understand and apply the Pythagorean theorem). • 7th graders made average gains of 17.7 points on standard 7.RP.A.2.A (analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems). • 3rd graders made average gains of at least 16 points on all six math standards. • 4th graders made average gains of at least 15 points on all six math standards. • 6th graders made average gains of at least 14 points on all six math standards. • 8th graders made average gains of at least 13 points on all four math standards.


Literature growth

Students made gains in all six targeted literature standards, despite 5th graders being assessed on 6th grade standards and 7th graders being assessed on 8th grade standards.

Standout literature performances • 3rd and 4th graders made average gains of 17.1 points on CCSS.ELALITERACY.RL.4.3 (Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text). • 5th and 6th graders made average gains of 13.6 points on CCSS.ELALITERACY.RL.6.5 (Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot). • 7th and 8th graders made average gains of 16.8 points on CCSS.ELALITERACY.RL.8.3 (Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision). • 3rd and 4th graders made average gains of 15.4 points on CCSS.ELALITERACY.RL.3.2 (Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text).


Book lovers are born.

86% of students agreed or strongly agreed that the program’s novels made them want to read every day.

“My favorite part of summer school was the novel. I was so excited to see what was going to happen next!” 5TH GRADE STUDENT, KIPP SOCAL

“The book we are reading in this program isn’t boring, it’s very interesting and keeps me wanting to read more!”

7TH GRADE STUDENT, GALAPAGOS ROCKFORD CHARTER SCHOOL


Professional development


School, network, and district leaders see NSSI as a huge success. Ninety-two percent of participating district and school leaders say they would recommend NSSI to other schools.


“I tell teachers that this is the ideal teaching environment for anyone looking to grow as a teacher. You are provided with excellent student and teacher materials, the books are engaging, and you have a master teacher to observe and who will give you direct feedback if you reach out. There is ongoing content PD and teachers, for the most part, get to focus their time on engaging students and giving meaningful feedback.” — SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, KIPP SOCAL


“The conversations during the professional development sessions were the most beneficial for me. It helped to bounce ideas off one another and get input from other math teachers on the same grade level” — 5TH GRADE MATH TEACHER, BE AUFORT COUNT Y SCHOOLS

“The professional development was especially helpful as I am a new teacher. There are not very many veteran teachers at my school and we don’t have any time to collaborate during the school year, so it was incredibly helpful just to be able to talk with and learn from them”. — 8TH GRADE TEACHER, HMONG AMERICAN PE ACE ACADEMY

“The professional development facilitators were supportive and encouraging.” — 4TH GRADE TEACHER, FULTON COUNT Y SCHOOLS


Teacher approved. Nearly three-quarters of partner teachers agreed or strongly agreed with the statements: • “My students gained confidence in their academic abilities as a result of NSSI.” • “The curriculum and lesson materials provided by NSSI are strong.” • “I am happy that I am teaching summer school through NSSI.” • “I will be a better teacher in the 21-22 school year because of teaching at NSSI.”


“The entire program benefited my scholars and me, because I was able to use different strategies to improve my scholar’s skills; and to give them the confidence needed to go further.”

“It was so refreshing to see teachers in real time teaching mathematical discourse to their students and watching the process. I have clarity on what mathematical discourse is and how to properly execute it.”

3/4TH GRADE LIT TEACHER, DETROIT ACADEMY OF ARTS

“I loved the curriculum it helped me be the best teacher I could for my students because it was so detailed.”

8TH GRADE MATH TEACHER, DETROIT ACADEMY OF ARTS

6TH GRADE LIT TEACHER, ASPIRE


Parents love NSSI. “How likely are you to recommend other students atttend a summer school that uses NSSI curriculum and program?”

Eighty-five percent of families this summer said they were very likely or extremely likely to recommend other students attend a summer school that uses NSSI’s programming—with more than two-thirds selecting the highest possible response, a “10.”


“My child has been using words that are more descriptive and has a better understanding of grammar and composition. She is also understanding division more clearly. — 3RD GRADE PARENT

“I enjoyed picking the children up and them telling me what they learned. My children would come home with new dance moves, artwork and homework! ”

“I like that she is actively engaged and receiving more individual attention than the normal school year. She’s also able to focus on the subjects that will help her later.” — 3RD GRADE PARENT

— 3RD GRADE PARENT

“What I like best about the program is that the math teacher motivates my daughter to enjoy learning more about math. My daughter was having trouble with that subject and now she understands it so well.” — 6TH GRADE PARENT


Students feel supported. “My teachers give me good feedback that helps me improve my work.”

Eighty percent of students strongly agreed that teacher feedback improved their quality of work.


“I like how everyone has a turn to speak, or if there is something going on with a student the teachers are always there to help as much as they can.” — 6TH GRADE STUDENT, MILWAUKEE AC ADEMY OF SCIENCE

“My teachers are breaking things down more. I’m learning more and remembering details better than in regular school.” — 8TH GRADE STUDENT, FORTUNE SCHOOL

“I like my summer school teachers because they give me a lot of feedback and they ’re honest.” — 3RD GRADE STUDENT, KIPP SOC AL


A summer of:

Connection. Fun. Teaching. Learning. Extraordinary academic growth.


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