Low levels of literacy among adults translate into significant impacts on quality of life: inability to obtain employment, inability to obtain better employment, difficulty leaving public assistance, and lack of parenting skills that are necessary to the development of literacy skills in children. LVSCNY wants do its best to break the illiteracy/poverty cycle. When adults gain skills, they are able to support themselves and their families. They gain citizenship skills and consumer skills. They are more likely to be involved in their children’s education. They begin the move away from poverty to a better quality of life. The Monticello High School dropout rate was 9% in 2014 according to data.ed.gov. Students are at risk of dropping out due to truancy, failing classes and unacceptable behavior such as fighting. Minority students are especially vulnerable to dropping out.
LVSCNY has experience delivering HSE preparation instruction to program participants lacking a high school diploma. We have a successful track record in helping them attain their High School Equivalency Certificate. LVSCNY has been working with the Monticello Central School District to offer GED instruction to young people (17 to 19 year olds). Since 2010 up to 15 students per year have been provided with 12 hours of weekly instruction in GED/TASC, including all areas of the test: Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, Reading and Language Arts, Writing. In the last two years we have had 7 students take the TASC test. Out of the 7, 4 passed the test for an average pass rate of 67%. That is 10% above the state average of 57%. Their average total score was 2659, which is 98 points higher than the state total of 2561.
LVSCNY feels that by giving these students the
material they need, to call their own, instead of just copied sheets of paper,
they feel more motivated to perform. It also allows them to move ahead on their
own, without having to wait for someone to give them more materials to work
with. LVSCNY turns no one away. We believe that every learner deserves to
achieve their personal and professional goals and one to one tutoring is by far
the single most effective way toward those goals. However, these Pre-HSE and
HSE text books and student workbooks cost approximately $150 per student.