Institutional Case Studies & Results

Professional Development Successes

Manhattan Hunter Science High School

 



  • About

    We provided SAT* Professional Development and Direct Instruction to Manhattan High School teachers from Spring 2013 to Spring 2016. (*Please note: SAT indicates old SAT format)


  • Success

    Overall, the program was a success. On average, students improved by 88, 92 an d88 points on Math, Reading and Writing sections, respectively. The total score improvement on all sections was 268 points. For the last several years, A-List has provided SAT professional development to MHSHS staff – training teachers in SAT content, relevant alignment with Common Core standards, utilizing effective materials, and incorporating A-List’s content and assessment portal with vital data and analytics into best practices – as well as supplemental direct instruction for students.


  • Testimonial

    Manhattan Hunter Science Principal, Kevin Froner, says, “…The bottom line is that in addition to outperforming most New York City high schools, our SAT math scores are higher than 70% of suburban Westchester schools, many of which, have median incomes more than triple of what our families earn.” Performing well on the SAT provides these students with the opportunity to earn a full scholarship to Hunter College, through a separate private funding partnership. More than 75% of MHSHS students now qualify for a full ride to Hunter—the highest percentage of qualifying students in the school’s history.

South Laurel High School


  • About

    South Laurel High School teachers attended a two day ACT PD in June 2015. After PD, they purchased portals and teacher materials to run their own ACT prep course during the school day. This was an ACT remediation course, where some of the students were considered to be at risk learners from impoverished backgrounds. Some of the students never took an official test when they started the course.

  • Success

    Overall, the class was a success. On average, students improved by 5.9, 2.7, 5.6, and 6.6 points on the ELA, Math, Reading, and Science sections, respectively. 100% of the students had an improvement over 3 points on English, Reading and Science sections.

SquashBusters



  • About

    Squashbusters—a nonprofit organization that serves Boston and Cambridge students by combining academics, athletics and community service—did a 2-day ACT/SAT* PD in August 2013. Their students did 2 hours of instruction per week for 30 weeks and took 3 full length practice tests at about 4 hours each. They used A-List’s Book of Knowledge and A-List’s portal. Their course lasted from 10/3/15 to 5/7/16. (*Improvement data reflects the redesigned SAT)


  • Success

    Overall, the class was a success. On average, students improved by 63 points and 66 points on the ELA and Math sections, respectively. 75% of their students improved by 50 or more points on both sections.
    A-List has made it easy for me to structure my prep course for my students. The online portal is incredibly helpful for organizing materials and scoring assessments. The students get a kick out of the Book of Knowledge, making for fun yet productive sessions.”-Charles Levinson, Academic Program Manager

Direct Instruction Successes

1199SEIU Family of Funds


  • About

    The 1199SEIU Funds are among the strongest and largest labor-management funds in the nation, providing a range of comprehensive benefits to 400,000 working and retired healthcare industry workers — members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East — and their families. Through the Benefit and Pension, Training and Employment and Child Care Funds, 1199SEIU members enjoy complete health benefits, a defined monthly pension at retirement and training, educational, job security, and child care benefits all at little or no cost.


  • Program Summary

    A-List partnered with 1199SEIU Child Care Fund to provide SAT prep to the students of union members. The program consisted of:
    • 30 hour SAT prep course (spring)
    • 18 hour refresher course (fall)
    • 3 SAT practice tests
    • Supplemental college readiness workshops


  • SAT Score Improvement

    SAT Score Improvements (2400 point scale)

    Average Score Improvement:

    +160 points

    Percent of Students with Improving Scores:

    98.6%

    The maximum score Improvement was 450 points, for which that student’s real score was 2050!

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration

  • About

    Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the nation’s first community development corporation, partners with residents and business to improve the quality of life of Central Brooklyn by fostering economic self sufficiency, enhancing family stability and growth, promoting the arts and culture and transforming the neighborhood into a safe, vibrant place to live, work and visit.

  • Program Summary

    A-List partnered with Bed Stuy Restoration to provide local students with an intensive SAT prep course through the generous funding of Metropolitan Realty Group.
    • 27 hour SAT prep course
    • 2 SAT practice tests

  • SAT Score Improvement

    SAT Score Improvements (2400 point scale)

    Average Score Improvement:

    +148 points

    Percent of Students with Improving Scores:

    92.9%

    21% of students improved over 200 points with the highest student score improvement totaling 320 points!

Institute for Collaborative Education

  • About

    With a commitment to student-centered education, our vision is to provide a nurturing, creative, and challenging academic program that meets the unique needs of all students. Our dedication to maintaining small class sizes enables personal relationships and allows teachers and advisors to make meaningful connections with every student, fostering a culture of safety, support, and belonging.

  • Program Summary

    Our SAT program with ICE consisted of classes held weekly from February to the May SAT test.
    • 27 hours of SAT instruction
    • Classes held during the school day
    • 3 SAT practice tests

  • SAT Score Improvement

    SAT Score Improvements (2400 point scale)

    Average Score Improvement:

    +185 points

    Percent of Students with Improving Scores:

    100%

    29% of ICE students improved over 200 points. 5 student improvements surpassed 300 points, and the highest score improvement was 430 points!

Theodore Roosevelt Education Campus (TREC)

  • About

    In 2002, a failing Theodore Roosevelt High School reorganized into an “educational campus” with small themed schools; Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus now houses six small high schools in the Bronx.

  • Program Summary

    A-List provided SAT instruction to about 90 students in partnership with Roosevelt Educational Campus.
    • 30 hours of SAT instruction
    • Weekly Saturday classes
    • 3 SAT practice tests

  • SAT Score Improvement

    SAT Score Improvements (2400 point scale)

    Average Score Improvement:

    +136 points

    Percent of Students with Improving Scores:

    92.5%

    81% of students improved over 100 points and 16% improved over 200 points. The highest student score improvement reached 310 points!

NJ LEEP

  • About

    NJ LEEP, Inc. (The New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project) was founded to empower youth from underserved neighborhoods in northern New Jersey to greater educational achievement through a three-fold focus on skills, habits, and exposure. NJ LEEP focuses upon combining law-related education programming with college access programming.

  • Program Summary

    A-List partnered with NJ LEEP to provide their junior class with ACT instruction over the summer of their rising junior year. Programming was two-fold starting in summer with an intensive 30-hour boot camp and continued with ongoing instruction during the academic year. The program consisted of:
    • 30-hour summer ACT boot camp
    • 94-hours of ACT classroom instruction during school year
    • Total of 8 ACT practice tests

  • ACT Score Improvement

    Average Score Improvement:

    +4.6points

    Percent of Students with Improving Scores:

    90%

    90% +2 points
    73% +4 points
    23% +6 points

We have trained thousands of teachers and helped countless schools and educational organizations across the country and around the world to develop and run their own successful courses. We’ve worked with teachers in countries including Cambodia, China, Colombia, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, and Vietnam. Each institution comes to A-List with a unique set of needs; we customize our programs to best serve each organization and its students.
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