Increasing Achievement at After-School All-Stars
In the summer of 2009, Flocabulary conducted a pilot of The Word Up Project with After-School All-Stars, a national after-school program that serves underprivileged youth. This particular pilot was conducted at St. John's University and served children from the local community and the New York City Housing Authority.
The 97 participants who completed the program were pre and post tested on 30 of the words. Since the 30 words were used in differing contexts on each of the tests, participants had to reveal competent understanding of the words' meanings by post-test time. The results indicated that participants increased from a mean of 13.64 words to 20.71 words at an average increase of 7.07 vocabulary words.
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"This degree of significance meant that in a short time period, a dedicated program [Word Up] that captures children's interest and motivation can yield highly positive results."
- Dr. Richard Sinatra, Project Director and Principal Investigator, STJ School of Education
"I think the Flocabulary Program is very helpful because it taught me new words in a way that I will remember."
- Glory-Marie L, Age 13
"I think that the Flocabulary Program is a great educational but fun way to establish vocabulary learning tactics."
- Janelle D, Age 11