The purpose of Friends of Educational Excellence is to support partnerships between community organizations and Rochester city public schools to help students succeed in school. Rochester has an urban school system that has a critical need for community support to improve educational system outcomes, and also is a city with a rich history of community involvement in public schools.
The Rochester City School District (RCSD) provides an education for more than 34,000 students in pre-K through grade 12. The academic results of Rochester public schools are poor. In 2009, only 61% of elementary school children passed the State English Language Arts (ELA) exam; 3600 children did not pass (performed below their grade level). These children will struggle in school until they have adequate literacy skills.
Most elementary schools do not achieve acceptable results. In 2009, only 9 out of the 38 elementary schools had more than 70% of the students who passed the ELA exam.
In 2009, the Rochester City High Schools reported a graduation rate of 52%. In order to increase this graduation rate in the future, the 3600 elementary school students that did not pass the 2009 State ELA exam must improve their literacy skills.
There are three critical factors to student success in school:
Community partners that provide volunteer support can help teachers ensure students have the academic skills to succeed. A McKinsey study of the best schools in the world found the best schools do 3 things:
Friends of Educational Excellence will assist Rochester city elementary schools by providing additional assistance to students. Friends of Educational Excellence fit into the overall education process by providing additional volunteer resources for students:
Volunteer academic support can be effective to help students perform better. The Campbell Collaboration systematic review (May 2006) found that volunteer programs can positively influence student language and reading. Friends of Educational Excellence will assist community-school partnerships to provide academic support for students that need another helping hand to succeed.
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