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CPAA Gave School Essential Student Data for Post-Hurricane Restart

Cherie Goins, Instructional Specialist
Behrman Charter Elementary School
Algiers Charter Schools
New Orleans, LA

Following Hurricane Katrina, Children’s Progress assessments gave one school essential student information to make up for lost instructional time.

In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans school system and impacted the education of thousands of students. Behrman Charter Elementary School was one of the few New Orleans schools able to reopen in the months following Katrina. Children’s Progress provided the school with a pilot program of its PreK-2 language arts and mathematics assessment product.

The Children’s Progress assessment made an immediate impact, helping school administrators and teachers pinpoint where to restart children’s education, and assess the impact of lost instructional time.

Instructional Specilist Cherie Goins explains, “We were very busy starting up the school after Hurricane Katrina, and the Children's Progress assessment helped my teachers quickly get the information they needed to evaluate student progress. This assessment really helped us to make up for lost time."

The school was especially happy with the ease of use and targeted teaching activities.  Ms. Goins explains, "As an instructional specialist, I've seen a lot of standardized assessments for young children and was never very happy with the options. Children's Progress is the best assessment I've seen for the youngest children-- it is easy for children to use, very age- appropriate, and gives immediate reports which help my teachers know exactly what types of intervention and instruction will help their students.”

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