“I was really searching for a program that could help my students cognitively, and I’ve been looking for a long time,” said Principal Olga Maluf, “and I was so happy when I found C8 Sciences. It was like they designed the exact program I’d been dreaming about. By the beginning of the 2012 school year, language proficiency has risen to 52% and math to 76%, bringing PS316 from the bottom third to the top third in school performance in New York.”
PS 316 began implementing the program in March of 2012, with all students in grades K-2. As a demonstration of the school’s commitment to their students’ cognitive development, every K-2 teacher agreed to assist the program’s flexible implementation after school each Monday and Friday, and during the school day on Wednesdays. The program ran through the end of the year – about three and a half months.
A Year’s Growth in Reading in Just a Few Months
PS 316 uses Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Levels to track reading comprehension. While nearly all students improved in reading, those who attended more C8 sessions improved more.
“By the beginning of the 2012 school year, language proficiency has risen to 52% and math to 76%, bringing PS316 from the bottom third to the top third in school performance in New York.” – Olga Maluf, Principal
Students who completed 25 or more C8 computer training sessions (a minimum of 36 sessions is recommended for general benefit) averaged a growth of about one year’s grade level equivalency, in just a few months.
The teachers noticed the difference in classroom behavior and academic achievement. Donna McKie, a first grade teacher, remarked “I have fifteen total children, and eight of them are in that highest category of L or M level reading score