Momenta partners with over 50 schools in 13 Massachusetts districts including some of the state’s highest poverty Gateway cities (Revere, Malden, Taunton, Everett, and Westfield). This broad reach helps clear the path to higher achievement for more than 22,000 students, over 60% of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
For example, through partnership with Momenta, Revere elementary schools saw significant improvements in their accountability levels: The percent of Level 3 Momenta schools fell by 50%; there was no change in the comparable statewide percentage.
Momenta’s greatest strength is its performance with low-income and LEP students. Across the board, from literacy to math, students are developing critical thinking skills.
ELA: English Language Arts
LEP: Limited English Proficiency
MCAS: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
Over the past 4 years, the number of Momenta elementary schools at Level 1 tripled (13% to 36%).
In MA schools with similar enrollment levels of low-income students, the number of Level 1 schools declined, from 22% down to 19%.
From 2014-2016, schools that partnered with Momenta were more than twice as likely to rise a level.
38.2% of Momenta elementary schools which could rise a level of accountability did, compared to 16.8% of Massachusetts elementary schools serving a similar economic population. The number of Momenta schools at Level 3 was cut in half.
Impact Data on Early Literacy
Improving basic reading fluency, particularly in kindergarten, is a powerful way to improve 3rd grade reading mastery.
Only 27% of Kindergartners and 34% of 3rd Graders Can Read at Grade Level
In a nationally representative sample, only 27% of children enter kindergarten with basic alphabetic skills. By the end of kindergarten, only 30% have mastered grade-level reading skills. By 3rd grade, only 34% of children are reading at grade level.
Momenta Makes a Difference
Children enter kindergarten in Momenta schools scoring about the same as their counterparts in the national sample. However, by the end of kindergarten over 50% of Momenta students have mastered grade-level reading skills, and they continue to progress on grade level through 3rd grade.
Improving Basic Reading Skills in Kindergarten Leads to MCAS Success
High needs children (low income, ELL and/or SPED) who do not attain grade-level reading skills by the end of kindergarten have only a 25% chance of being a proficient reader in third grade as measured by the MCAS. But if a high needs child masters grade level reading skills in kindergarten, their chances of scoring proficient or above almost doubles to 47%.