Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Lamp of Knowledge, LLC., d/b/a KnowledgePoints

1.

Name of organization:

Lamp of Knowledge, LLC., d/b/a KnowledgePoints

Primary location:

840 Jewett Avenue
Staten Island, NY, 10314

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

Lawrence A. Rampulla,

W: 718-876-1777
Cell: 917-575-2111
F: 718-876-1911,

Larry.Rampulla@KnowledgePoints.com

www.KnowledgePoints.com external link

LEAs where service will be provided:

as same are situate and existing within Region 7 - district 31, the County of Richmond, Borough of Staten Island, City and State of New York.

2.

Years provider has delivered service:

Applicant is a member of the family of KnowledgePoints Learning Center franchise and has operated for Three (3) years.  As a national tutoring company KnowledgePoints has operated since 2001.

3.

Evidence that services have been effective:

The standards for an effective educational program have been raised in the past decade. High quality programs are asked to demonstrate overall improvements in the academic performance of program participants and to insure equity in that performance. High quality programs are asked to provide both excellence, in the form of significant gains for students and equity, which requires that no groups of students are left out of these gains. In this first evaluation study of the tutorial program offered by KnowledgePoints. both these goals have been met. To conduct this evaluation, testing information was gathered from the centers that have been in operation for more than one year. As a customary part of the program, students are administered a pre-test as part of the diagnosis and intake processing and a post-test at the end of 40 sessions of tutoring. This evaluation uses the data gathered from this testing using the math and reading subtests of the California Achievement Test. In order to determine whether the twin goals of equity and excellence had been met, a series of evaluation perspectives were analyzed. These perspectives included analysis of improvements in performance from pre to post testing for all students in reading and math and additional analyses that addressed the following questions:

• Have all students improved in the basic skills areas of reading and math?

• Have the gains of students been equally shared by male and female students?

• Has the program been effective for students in each racial group?

• Has the racial performance gap been narrowed?

• Is the program effective for students in each age group and at all grade levels?

Executive Summary Program Results

NCE Scores at Pre and Post

                        Table 1

Reading              PRE  POST  GAIN

Vocabulary         27       49        +22 

Comprehension   23       49        +26

Total Reading     25       52        +27

Math**              PRE     POST  GAIN

Computation       30       63        +33

Concepts/Apps    36       56        +20

Total Math          35       63        +28

** PLEASE NOTE: The instant applicant is a member of a national tutoring company and as such provides tutoring services in Math to students under parent pay arrangements.  By reason of this application the instant applicant is applying for certification as a NYS SES provider for English language arts and reading.  Any reference made herein to Mathematics and Math tutoring programs is for informational purpose only and as such speaks to the integrity and competencies of the KnowledgePoints program including the methodology of evaluation.  To have have failed to make that distinction would have resulted in a misprepresentation and undervalued the KnowledgePoints system and its integrity.

Program Effectiveness:  Table 1 presents the pre and posttest scores for students included in this program evaluation. Both reading (N=117) and math (N=32) showed gains that were highly significant over these 40 sessions of tutoring. Gains of 22 NCE’s in vocabulary, 26 in comprehension and 27 points for total reading are exceptional scores when compared to other remedial education programs and represent gains beyond the .001 level of significance. Similar gains were achieved in math with increases of 33 points in computation, 20 points in concepts and applications and 28 points in total math. As an additional comparison, program effectiveness can be claimed when NCE gains approach 5 points. National model programs are defined by gains of 10 to 15 NCE’s over a period of one school year. Using these reference points for program excellence, the gains achieved by these centers using the KnowledgePoints program are truly remarkable. This is an effective program as implemented in these centers.

Program Effect by Grade Level: The final evaluation perspective that was completed was an attempt to determine whether the program was effective for students of all ages and grade levels. This could help determine whether the instructional tools might need revisions for some age groups. Reading gain scores for each grade level ranged from a 30 NCE point gain for students in grade 5 to an 18-point gain for grade 7 students. There was no trend of increasing or decreasing gains evident across grades, indicating the program worked well for students in all grades served. In mathematics, students in each grade level achieved gains of 10 NCE points or more. There was some trend evident with the students in early elementary grades (2nd – 4th) achieving gains of more than 30 points and gains for students enrolled in higher grades achieving +11 to +20 NCE gains. These represent excellent gains using any of the standards presented above. This means that in any grade, students enjoyed an acceleration of learning at a level that meets the criterion for consideration as a national model program. The tutorial program developed by KnowledgePoints and implemented in these centers, is effective from each of the evaluation perspectives analyzed in this study. In all respects, this program is effective at addressing overall improvements in academic achievement for participants and in successfully addressing the equity issues that confront our national education system.

*An equity analysis by gender and race was also conducted and achieved favorable results.  

4.

Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate):

KnowledgePoints Education Management System

5.

Grade level(s) the provider will serve:

Grades 2 thru 6

6.

Content area(s) provider will serve:

English language arts and reading

7.

Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable:

The number of one hour sessions provided per week can vary from 2 to 4, depending on the needs of the student.

8.

Average length of each service session (minutes/hours):

One (1) hour

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 service period is open and available year-round.  Tutoring services will be delivered Monday thru Saturday. Our hours of operation are 2:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday 2:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.  During holidays and the summer months we add additional hours (mornings from 9:30 a.m. on)  which enables us to to accommodate schedules of students and care givers.   KnowledgePoints is flexible in the days and hours we provide the services to students.

10.

Type of instruction:

The instruction is individualized based on the diagnostic assessment results.  However, instruction never exceeds a 3 to 1 student/teacher ratio to ensure maximum growth for the student.

10a

Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities:

The KnowledgePoints program, since it is individualized to meet the needs of each student, is appropriate for students with disabilities.  They progress through the program at their own pace in a very systematic approach.  Individuality is a hallmark of the  KnowledgePoints system. 

10b

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

The KnowledgePoints program provides bi-lingual instruction if necessary for students attending the program.

11.

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

The Director of Learning and instructors are required to be certified teachers to deliver the best quality service to the students using the KnowledgePoints Education Management System.

12.

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

Communication with students’ in-school teachers occurs throughout the program.  KnowledgePoints uses these meetings to communicate with school personnel about the student’s progress to help assure that newly acquired skills are transferred to regular class work. 

KnowledgePoints recognizes the LEA as a critical partner in the education process.  Our staff works with the LEA to establish a strong, proactive partnership that is focused on students’ academic needs.  This partnership begins by working together to identify key areas of academic need, including subject matter (reading or math).  Ongoing communication, throughout the duration of service delivery, enables KnowledgePoints to ensure that district objectives are reflected in the instructional programs.  During the school day most students are exposed to their lesson through group instruction.  We can incorporate the skills introduced and instructed upon during the regular school day into their SES program through a more individualized approach.  Once the student reviews the lesson from the regular school day with our instructors we can take the extra step with a student that may need foundational skills to master the lesson plan.  We can revert back to a remedial skill in which the new skill is based upon and use that as a building block, moving from the lowest common denominator needing instruction to the current level skill.   

As part of our partnership with schools and districts, KnowledgePoints routinely communicates with the students’ regular classroom teachers and other members of the schools’ staff.  The purpose of the communication is to discuss the students’ instructional programs at KnowledgePoints and the connection to their activities in school.  We can then use this information to make sure that our lessons coincide with the needs of the classroom as well. 

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

14.

Additional relevant information:

I have signed this application as the managing member of the instant applicant and have submitted affidavits of truthfulness sworn to by me as an attorney and officer of the Courts of the State of New York.  I possess the honesty, integrity and trust the Department of Education of the State of New York should be seeking in all applicants associated with the SES program.  I understand and honor the duties, responsibilities, and commitment associated with the SES program and will not fail.  I have been closely involved in education as a member of executive boards of schools PTA and school leadership teams for more than a dozen years.  I have consulted with national companies, practiced law for more than thirty (30) years and have a lifetime of business and work experience evidencing a good and sound work ethic which permits people to recommend me such as they have with this application.  I work hard and always give more than I earn.  I take instruction freely and am not afraid to seek assistance.  I can be relied upon.  I strive to remain humble and never begin a conversation or approach an idea with the word no on my mind.   I did not enter the educational arena to become rich.  I chose to help young people and KnowledgePoints is my tool.  We seek to instruct up to 30 students in English language arts and reading.  You will not find a better candidate among the many that will apply.

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Lawrence A. Rampulla

Please see attached the letters of

Recommendation submitted by:

Raffaele M. Branca, President
Victory State Bank
4142 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY, 10308
718-979-1100

Vincent Lenza
Staten Island Not For Profit Association
5 Teleport Drive
Suite 200
Staten Island, NY, 10311

Vincent A. Maniscalco, Principal
Staten Island Technical High School
485 Clawson Street
Staten Island, NY, 10306
718-667-5725

Joanne Buckheit, Principal
The Petrides School
715 Ocean Terrace
Staten Island, NY, 10301
718-815-0186

Robin Lefkowitz, Dir. Business Development
Northfield Bank
1731 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY, 10314
718-448-1000

John Mullin
138 Bradley Avenue
Staten Island, NY, 10314
917-689-8369

Last Updated: March 21, 2014