Screenings and Educational Outcomes
One of TOP's main goals is to make certain every child enrolled is screened each fall in order to identify and address any potential learning or developmental delays. This includes early cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional developmental hindrances. Once identified, TOP staff take the time to match children to the appropriate community resources, ensuring children get the intervention they need. Many of these resources provide services onsite at TOP schools, making it convenient for parents and comfortable for children.
Because of TOP's attention to the needs of its students, excellent teachers and effective curriculum, children leave TOP Early Learning Centers prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond. Each fall and spring, TOP three, four and five-year-olds participate in Pearson Work Sampling System assessments – a nationally recognized assessment used to individualize instruction, communicate with families more effectively and measure students' outcomes.
Teachers observe and collect data on each of the children during the assessment periods.
2014 – 2015 P4/5 Results (% of children proficient)
|Area of Measure||Percent Proficient
||8-9 Month Gain|
|Language and Literacy||84%||59%|
Additionally, students who graduate from a TOP Early Learning Center opt in to a longitudinal study conducted by Wichita State University.
Thus far, we have determined:
- By the time TOP graduates enter the 6th grade they are 17% less likely to be absent from school than their non-TOP peers
- TOP graduates in the 3rd-7th grades, on average, are placed in special education 36% less often than non-TOP students. It seems as if early identification of special needs while children attend TOP schools may be beneficial in placing TOP graduates in special education early on.
- Combining grades k-7th, on average, TOP graduates have a GPA of 3.07 compared to the Control Group's 2.8
- Combining grades k-7th, on average, TOP graduates are 46% less likely than the Control Group to have repeat discipline referrals
- TOP graduates in 3rd-7th grades combined, have a lower percentage of students who perform at Level 1 (student is not consistently at grade level) in math and reading compared to the Control Group
- By 7th grade, 82% of TOP graduates rank at Level 2 (student is performing on grade level) or higher in math compared to 69% of the Control Group
- In reading, 71% of TOP 7th graders rank at Level 2 or higher compared to 58% of the Control Group.