AKRON, Ohio — The students of Lebron James I Promise School, the public school founded for at-risk students in conjunction with Akron Public Schools and the LeBron James Family Foundation, are excelling at an extraordinary level.
The I Promise School, which opened this past August for third- and fourth-graders, posted some remarkable numbers of their own.
MAP (measures of academic progress) testing from the fall to the winter period at the school showed significant improvement, according to the Akron Public Schools Office of School Improvement:
- 90% of students – who started the school year at least one year behind grade level – met or exceeded their expected growth in math and reading.
- Test scores increased at a rate higher than 99 out of 100 schools, per Northwest Evaluation (NWEA) school norms.
- Third-graders went from the first percentile to the 18th percentile in math, moving from intensive tier of support to targeted levels of support.
- Fourth-graders went from the second percentile to the 30th percentile in math, going from intensive tier of support to low universal tier of support.
- All IPS students were below grade level in reading, and in the latest testing scores, 23% of students scored at or above the 25th percentile in reading, putting them at or near grade level.
The school, which is a year-round operation providing daily breakfast, lunch and snacks for students, also provides education, career and emotional support for parents.
— Angela Whorton (@Angel_Whorton) 12 april 2019