LeBron James I Promise School Achieves Test Improvement

Lebron James speaks at the opening of the I Promise school.

Lebron James speaks at the opening of the I Promise school. The school’s students have achieved immediate success on standardized tests.

By MCNS Staff

Because of the outstanding improvement in student test scores at LeBron James’ “I Promise” school in its first year, the institution is already a success story.

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) scores were released by the Akron Public Schools Office of School Improvement for the period between the past fall and winter showed the following improvements:

  • 90% of I Promise students who started the school year at least one year behind grade level either met or exceeded their expected growth in math and reading.
  • Test scores increased at a rate higher than 99 out of 100 schools, per the Northwest Evaluation(NWEA) school norms.
  • Third-graders went from the first percentile to the 18th percentile in math, moving from an intensive tier of support to targeted levels of support.
  • Fourth-graders went from the second percentile to the 30th percentile in math, thus moving from an intensive tier of support to a 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.

Lebron James also shared his excitement over the news on Instagram:

“Proud is an understatement. I honestly could not wait to share this news when I heard it. Kids you are smart, amazing, talented, and nothing short of inspirational!” the NBA star began. He then thanked the teachers and staff who helped made this achievement possible.

I Promise also provides two meals per day for children and it even provides meals along with other services during the summer through a summer-school program.

The I Promise, located in Akron, Ohio is a primary school that includes 240 students, mostly whom would be considered at-risk. The school currently only houses third and fourth graders. It plans to add a fifth grade next year. I Promise also plans to gradually add more classes until it includes grades 1-8 by 2022.

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