Nationwide, each affiliate of Horizons National administers pre and post STAR reading and math assessments to their students the first and last weeks of program. Pre-assessment allows our teachers to customize the learning experience on a student-need basis, and post-assessment reinforces this by not only revealing student progress in each area, but by giving insight into how we can improve program design in the future.
In addition to this, Horizons at Warner began assessing student reading levels by delivering the Fountas and Pinnell Literacy test in 2018. Each student is evaluated on an individual basis by one of their seasoned NYS certified teachers to determine which F and P reading level they begin the summer at, using leveled books administered by our in-house literacy specialist. At the end of the summer, the student is evaluated once again by the same teacher to determine growth.
On average, we see an improvement by 1 to 3 reading levels in our students. Keeping true to our mission, these 1-3 levels will account for all and more of the percentage of summer learning loss that we know our students would face without this kind of academic intervention, and leave our students five to six months ahead of where they would have been without Horizons.