Recently we shared with you the results of the cohorts at last year’s 9 participating public primary school sites (this year, we are in 11 schools!) after a full year of Toa intervention.  The graphs prepared by our Deputy Director Augustino Valerian provide great detail into who is succeeding and who is still flagging at each goalpost in our intervention process.

As most of you know, at the start of each year, our tutors, with the permission and cooperation of school administrators, take a census of all the newly-enrolled students in Standard One.  This initial test helps us to group the students into Tier One (typically developed), Tier Two (slightly lagging), and Tier Three (delayed development) cohorts, so that we know which students need extra support.

Students who test below the baseline score of 80% are then enrolled in Toa’s tutorial pullout program and potentially provided additional services if further investigations warrant.  We have a large referral network for medical and psychosocial services in order to provide children who are struggling with the specific supports they and their families might need if above and beyond what we as Toa Nafasi can offer.

To track students’ progress and the efficacy of our program, we re-test these students again after six months of intervention and a third and final time after a full year.

For the 2019 Standard One cohorts, the baseline test showed 296 students unable to achieve a passing score out of 449 tested (66% in yellow and red).  As you can see from this new bar graph created by our fabulous volunteers, Kristin Haas and Carly Armitage, one year later, only 13 students (3%) were unable to achieve a passing score.  Not a bad rate of graduation, I think you would have to agree!

For those pupils still under-testing, our tutors will continue to work with them in the pullout program and we’ll also work with parents and partners to further sort out solutions and coping mechanisms so that these kids, like all other Toa students, are “provided a chance” to succeed.

As for the 2020 incoming Standard One classes, we were unable to finish our testing before the COVID-19 closures began, but now that schools have reopened, we are prepared to complete testing by the end of July and begin our remedial and referral services by August 1st.

Of course, we expect some setbacks as some children will have suffered for lack of a structured classroom environment and returning to school will be a big challenge for many.  This year’s statistics will clearly be anomaly to all other years.  But it’s important to be adaptive and innovative in these uncertain times and to carry on as best we can.  So we hope to have some new data from the 2020 groupings for you soon.