By Allie Ciaramella, Communications Manager
The College Crusade of Rhode Island received The Khanfidence Builder Award today at NCAN’s 2016 National Conference in Detroit, Michigan.
The Khanfidence Builder Award, generously supported by The College Board, recognizes a college access/success organization for incorporating Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy into their program to build students’ readiness for the SAT and college. The College Board believes that by placing high-quality, free resources directly into the hands of those who work with students we can help all students realize their potential. This award recognizes an organization that effectively engaged students in productive practice using Official SAT Practice tools and tracked their progress via a potentially scalable program.
The College Crusade of Rhode Island is a nonprofit serving 3,900 economically disadvantaged students each year in its effort to reduce high school dropout rates and increase educational and career success for low-income urban youth. Founded in 1989, the organization utilizes consistent, caring adult mentors and specially designed programs that help students succeed in school and keep their college goals. The programs cover academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration and postsecondary education preparation. In 2014, the most recent year for which data are available, the organization’s “Crusaders” graduated from high school at a rate 14 percentage points higher than the rate for their peers in urban Rhode Island districts, and attended college at a rate 21 percentage points higher than the rate for all urban students. Crusaders’ first-year college persistence rates are also consistently higher than non-Crusaders’.
With the Khan Academy and College Board’s new SAT preparation resources, the College Crusade has taken a unique approach that will yield new insights into how Official SAT Practice can best help students. An innovative 12-week pilot program conducted this spring showed that test-takers who received technical support and customized tutoring while using the SAT prep program experienced a statistically significant increase in scores on practice tests, and performed better than students who received only technical assistance or no support at all.
The College Crusade of Rhode Island will receive a $5,000 award for general operating support, scholarships, and/or technology needs.