Communities In Schools releases impact report for Tulsa

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Communities In Schools releases impact report for Tulsa

By: Nour Habib

A national nonprofit working on dropout prevention released a report Monday about the impact of its work in Tulsa schools during the 2014-15 school year.

The report from Communities in Schools of Mid-America, the branch of the national network that operates in Tulsa, states that 99 percent of the students in kindergarten though 12th grade who received targeted and sustained instruction stayed in school last year. The report also says 93 percent of those students were promoted to the next grade, and 94 percent of high school seniors who received services graduated.

The organization has been active in Tulsa schools for about two years, starting with the schools under the Growing Together umbrella. Growing Together has brought together several partners, including CIS, to address educational and social challenges in the Kendall-Whittier and Eugene Field neighborhoods.

In September, the district approved the expansion of the CIS program to several other sites. The program will serve a total of 14 Tulsa sites this year, or a total of almost 8,000 K-12 students.

Stacey Vinson, the Tulsa Public Schools instructional leadership director over the Growing Together schools, said CIS has helped build relationships with students and bridged some of the gap between schools and families.

“They have been critical in assisting those schools with early identification students that are at risk for not completing schools,” Vinson said.

Vinson said the organization addresses barriers students face that can prevent them from completing school, whether due to attendance, behavior or coursework.

According to the CIS report, 74 percent of students served in Tulsa last year who received targeted and sustained services met their attendance goals, 79 percent met their academic goals and 90 percent met their behavioral goals.

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