Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Education Link Inc.

1. Name of organization: Education Link Inc.
Primary location:

6 East 45th Street
Suite 201
New York, NY 10017

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

Tel (212) 585-3526
Fax (212) 486-8044
LEAs where service will be provided:

All New York City Districts
Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Rockland County, Orange County, Albany City SD, Buffalo City SD, Poughkeepsie City SD, Syracuse City SD, Yonkers City SD

2. Years provider has delivered service:


3. Evidence that services have been effective:

An A PLUS / Get to the Points program was conducted for three schools in District 8, Bronx, NY, in April, 2003. Approx. 90 7th graders at Level 2 participated. Total contact time was only 7 to 8 hours.

On average, 88.2% experienced a gain in Mean Scale Scores, the average gain being 20.4 points (more than half a level). 34.4% of the Program students moved from Level 2 (not meeting / approaching the standard) into Levels 3 & 4 (meeting or exceeding the standard). In one class, 62.5% of Program students moved up to passing!

Only 5.3% of Program students dropped a level, while 20.9% of non-Program students dropped a level.

*Program performance measured using Official 6th grade NYC CTB-R scores in 2002 and 7th grade NYC ELA scores in 2003, results confirmed by District 8, NYC Dept. of Ed.

Education Link conducted an earlier pilot program in District 8. Approx. 220 8th graders at Level 1 and 2 from six (6) schools plus approx. 60 7th graders from one magnet school (Maritime) participated in the program. Total contact time ranged from 8 to 10 hours.

On average, Program students improved 20.85% more longitudinally than non-Program students in moving from Levels 1 & 2 (not meeting / approaching the standard) into Level 3 (meeting or exceeding the standard).

*Results based on Official 7th grade CTB-R scores and 8th grade ELA scores, results confirmed by District 8, NYC Dept. of Ed. Results published in a report titled "A PLUS Learning System Literacy Enrichment Initiative Program Results Survey, August 2002"

Survey excluded results of Maritime. Since entire 7th grade received the program, no comparison could be drawn between Program and non-Program students.]

However, Education Link was later informed that when these 7th graders from Maritime were tested as 8th graders in 2002, they tested #1 in New York City on the State ELA exam!

In an A PLUS program exclusively for Bronx High School of Science students, average improvement in Effective Reading Rate was 260% (3.6 times better). In an evaluation survey at program end, in which participants rated the program, A PLUS techniques, and instructor, more than 90 % of participating students indicated that they would like to attend additional Education Link programs.

4. Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate): A PLUS Learning System
A PLUS / Get to the Points
A PLUS Refresher / Test-Prep
5. Grade level(s) the provider will serve: Grades 3-12
6. Content area(s) provider will serve: Learning System for ELA, Reading, Math
7. Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable: Education Link recommends 3 times per week, but programs are tailored to the students’ needs.
8. Average length of each service session (minutes/hours): Education Link recommends:
After School Programs: 2-3 hours
Weekends: Saturday, 3 hours
Private Tutoring: Individualized to accommodate student’s needs, appointments available 7 days per week.
9. Duration of the available service period (e.g. September 1 – June 30; September 1 – August 31; weekends only; summer school only; specific number of weeks or hours, other, etc;):

The A PLUS Small Group programs are available throughout the school year on weekdays and Saturdays, as well as during summer months as scheduled with the LEA, school and parents. Private Tutoring is available 7 days per week.

10. Type of instruction: Small Group and Private Tutoring
10a. Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities:

Eligible students with learning disabilities will be taught the core, easy-to-master techniques, using a flexible, visual and fun approach. We build confidence by showing progress each step of the way!

For students with physical disabilities Education Link will provide appropriate accommodations and supports to ensure that such students benefit fully from the A PLUS programs.

10b. Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with limited English proficiency:

Education Link employs bilingual instructors who are qualified to conduct our Small Group or Private Tutoring programs in Spanish and other languages.

Limited English proficiency (LEP) students or English Language Learners (ELL) who have difficulty learning need to focus on only the essential, core information. They will be given high-interest reading materials familiar to them on subjects they can relate to. They’ll do more actual practice and spend less time listening to explanation, and look at more visual, "bulleted" information than proficient English speakers.

11. Qualifications of the service provider(s)/instructor(s):

Supervised by an award-winning former NYC principal, Education Link instructors are dynamic educational motivators who believe in the A PLUS System, use it in their daily lives, and are passionate to teach it. Education Link instructors receive over 100 rigorous hours of specialized training in the A PLUS System. All have a NY State Teacher Certification, Doctorate, Masters, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Many have theater or public speaking experience, and use that ability to make the sessions exciting, fun and interactive.

Education Link is very selective when hiring instructors. To be an Education Link instructor, simply having a distinguished educational background is not enough. We select people who have a strong desire to teach, are excellent communicators, and who love to be in front of an audience.

12. Reports to parents, teachers, and LEA (Content, frequency, method of delivery):

Instructor will record attendance at every session, along with the material covered. Attendance, lesson completion, test scores and instructor / tutor comments will be reported to parents in written monthly reports to the extent practicable, in their native language. Informal reporting will be delivered more frequently and upon. Reports to teachers and LEA will be presented as required. Final report will be made to NY State Education Department, using "Supplemental Educational Services Student Report" form. Report will indicate baseline data, diagnostic focus, information about student’s educational service plan, annual objectives, services delivered during the period, and outcomes. Assessment or measurement tool used and attendance record of student for the period will be included in report.

13. Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation) No. Education Link Small Group programs run in public schools, usually the same school the student attends, so transportation is usually not an issue. Private Tutoring is usually provided at home.
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Last Updated: April 26, 2012