Community schools show gains in testing scores in New York State, an indication that the community school model works and boosts performance while tackling barriers to academic success such as poverty, hunger, and family problems.

Soft SkillsThe New York State School Boards Association has issued a new report which highlights Troy City School District’s School 2 for accomplishments in academic achievement.

Across the state, a growing number of schools have adapted the community school model, which addresses academics as well as the social, physical, and emotional issues facing kids which are obstacles to learning. Partners from the community join with the schools to provide parent services, after-school programs, mental health counseling, or health clinics right on school grounds.

In its second year as a community school, School 2 has shown progress as stated in the report.  The percentage of students who passed the state math exams increased from 10 to 16 percent, and the increase in passing state reading exams jumped from 11 percent to 17 percent.

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