LUM Research – Summer Literacy Assessment

LUM Summer Students & the “Literacy” Assessment

The summer break poses a unique challenge for low-income families, as the “summer slide” phenomenon (loss of knowledge) can disproportionately affect children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

This summer, LUM conducted pretest and posttest assessments of literacy with the Pre-K through 5th grade students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. Education professionals administered the pretest in the first week and in the final week, administered the posttest and conducted one-on-one interviews. The preliminary results show that LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program successfully prevented the summer slide with all of the students tested.

The education professional who administered this assessment concluded that the data shows that each student tested gained knowledge this summer. For the grade level for which this assessment is designed (1st through 5th grade), the students scored 9.6% higher in the posttest suggesting a significant increase in their literacy proficiency. LUM also administered the assessment with the pre-K and Kindergarten grade level students even though they were not expected to possess proficiency with literacy. The results not only showed proficiency but also indicated that the students gained knowledge this summer.

This comparison of the two tests has quantitatively measured the prevention of the summer slide, and the progress made during the summer, particularly with respect to literacy. The overall data will help shape and improve the program in the future, and the individual results of each child will be shared with parents. This is one recent example of how LUM is using data to improve lives.

How LUM Uses Data to Improve Lives

As an organization committed to making a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals and our community, LUM has recognized the pivotal role that research plays in driving positive change. LUM firmly believes that evidence-based strategies and data-driven decision-making are essential to creating lasting improvements. Through our dedication to research, we are continuously evolving and refining the programs, ensuring that LUM makes a genuine difference in the lives of those we serve. Here are a few examples of research projects within LUM programs:

  • LITERACY – LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program
  • EMPATHY – LUM Financial Assistance Program
  • MENTORING – LUM After School Program
  • HOPE – LUM Emergency Shelter

At Lafayette Urban Ministry, we firmly believe that research is not just a means to an end but an integral part of our journey towards lasting change. It fuels our passion, drives our decisions, and shapes our impact. LUM strives to ensure that every effort we make is purposeful, effective, and capable of creating a ripple effect of positive change. As we move forward, our dedication to research will remain unwavering, empowering us to transform lives and build a brighter future for our entire community.

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