Monthly Archives: June 2016

Spring Report: SquashBusters

If you’ve been following Tutors for All for the past ten years, you’ve noticed that students participating in our partnership programs tend to gain about a year in math and literacy. This past spring semester one of our most recent programs, SquashBusters, concluded for the summer and we are thrilled to share with you our program results!

SquashBusters and T4A began their partnership the fall of 2015 by offering 8th graders academic support in math and literacy. Before initiating any tutorials, T4A conducts a set of preliminary exams that helps establish foundation for our students growth in math and literacy, which could then be measured later on with a final assessment. The GRADE tests students in reading comprehension and vocabulary, while the GMADE tests students in three areas; Concepts and Communications, Operations and Computation, and Processes and Applications. Students in the 8th grade are expected to have scores at 8.0 or above.

After reviewing the set of preliminary exams, the average score on the GMADE test was 6.73, with five out of 24 students scoring above grade level. The GRADE test results reflected a much higher proficiency rating, with 15 out of 25 students scoring at or above grade level and the average score being 9.59.

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Students were given the choice to pick the subject they wanted to study, regardless of their preliminary score. In just the first semester, there was an average .50 increase in test scores for students studying Math and an average 1.50 increase in test scores for students studying reading compared to their preliminary exam.

The second semester displayed an even more impressive growth. Students who took the GMADE test had an average increase of 1.05 and students who took the GRADE test had an average increase of 2.05 in their test scores.

The chart below displays the average test scores from students who continued in a particular subject throughout the year. As pictured below, the average growth overall for both exams increased making T4A extremely happy to see our mission come to life by bridging the gap one student at a time!

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In order to provide the most accurate data, we excluded
students who changed subjects during the spring semester
and also students who scored the maximum in each test.

Stay posted to see results from our other spring programs!

Victory is Ours!

It was 4:00pm, the sun was as resilient as ever, and Kickball for All was entering its Semi-Final Championship game. After a few rounds of elimination, only the Final Four would continue: Saved by the Ball, Team Big Green, Young Kickers (combination of Young Bloods + Just for Kicks) and #dabnation. As the teams gathered around and talked over strategies, the big question still remained, who would win it all?

Semi-Final Round 1: #dabnation v Young Kickers
13403841_1121390657926059_7406228577378445679_oThe score was tied and the end of the second round was approaching. The audience was on their feet, who would kick the winning point? Only one team would make it to the championship game and it all came down to a tie breaker rock, paper, scissors battle. Jordy Baez from #dabnation and Chris(not the correct name) from the Young Kickers approached each other at home base, both with a look of determination. Rock. Paper. Scissors. #Dabnations strategic move to play scissors took them to the championship game making this one of the most memorable wins in Kickball for All history!

Semi-Finals Roun2: Team Big Green v Saved by the Ball
It was the ultimate Tutors for All face-off. Stephanie Park vs Joseph Alvarez; could Tutors for All remain the same after this game? It was a close match. Both teams were determined to win. In the last stretch, Saved by the Ball kicks the winning ball, which sent them running into the Championship game.

Championship: #dabnation v Saved by the Ball13320736_1118129774918814_4614197738143973451_o
The moment we have all been waiting for: the Kickball for All Championship game. This was the moment every team had been training for. (Insert highlight of championship game here). Richard Wilson, captain of #dabnation, coached his team into victory. From the sidelines, he motivated them to keep pushing and their hard work paid off! Mark Destler was even made an honorary member of their team as he acted out their signature move, the dab. A picture is truly worth a thousand words.

13392187_1118129778252147_795189637847722141_oShout out to all the teams who came out to support such an amazing cause. We are all winners, we were able to surpass our goal of $15,000, raising enough money to provide more than 1,500 hours of tutoring to Boston Students. A thousands thanks to everyone, we hope to see you all again again next year at K4A 2017!

Thank you for your support!

programWe would like to take the time to thank all of our sponsors. Without their support, Kickball For All wouldn’t have been possible.This year, we were able to double our donations and raised over $15,000, which will provide 1,500 hours of tutoring for students in Boston! #BridgeTheGap

A special thanks to Anna’s Taqueria for providing their delicious burritos and Insomnia Cookies for their scrumptious cookies (which were gone in seconds). Let’s not forget JP Licks for their generous contribution of ice cream and Vita Coco for the much needed refreshing drinks. Most importantly, thank you to all the Tutor for All fans that came out to support, Kickball for All was a success thanks to all of you!