Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Valley Community Association Inc.


Name of organization:

Valley Community Association Inc.

Primary location:

93 Leddy Street
Buffalo, NY 14210

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

Margaret Overdorf

716-823-4707 ext. 2

LEAs where service will be provided:

Buffalo Public School District


Years provider has delivered service:

Ten Years


Evidence that services have been effective:

The Valley Community Association Inc. has been providing academic programming for over ten years in its “Striving For Excellence” Youth Program.  The academic component of the VCA Youth Program has been recognized by teachers as helping children improve their academic skills.  Teachers indicated on a recent survey by evaluator Ciurczak & Company that 54% of students saw an improvement in academic performance while 42% improved in turning in their homework and 43% improved in completing homework to their teachers satisfaction.  Its tutoring model has been effective in improving student achievement in ELA and reading as evidenced by continually increasing fourth and eighth grade ELA scores PS #33, who has partnered with the Valley Community Association Inc. for the past ten years.  For example the percentage of Eighth graders scoring at or above proficiency at PS #33 has increased from 16.3% in 2003 to 29.3% in 2005 while the percentage of fourth graders scoring at or above proficiency at PS #33 has increased from 34.4% in 2003 to 40.0% in 2005 (source: Buffalo Public School #33). 


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

Power Up! Building Reading Strength & Steck-Vaughns Elements of Reading, Achieve


Grade level(s) the provider will serve:



Content area(s) provider will serve:

English Language Arts & Reading


Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable:

3 plus days during the week & on Saturdays


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

1-2 hours on weekdays and 2-3 hours on Saturdays


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;):

September 1 – June 30

Monday - Saturday


Type of instruction:

Small group instruction where groups will be comprised of students who have similar levels of achievement and proficiency in ELA and reading. The tutor-to-student ratio for each group will range from a minimum of 1 student to 1 tutor to a maximum of 10 students-to-1 tutor. This tutor-to-student ratio will enable SES tutors to use both individualized and cooperative learning activities and to tailor the delivery of tutoring to address the needs and learning styles of each student.


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

The Valley Community Association Inc. SES Program will not discriminate on the basis of disability.  Efforts will be made to ensure that SES eligible students with disabilities and students covered under Section 504 will be able to participate in the program.  The Valley Community Association Inc. site is handicapped accessible.


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

The Valley Community Association Inc. SES Program will make every effort to accommodate English Language Learners.  Bi-lingual tutors will be recruited to work with those that are English Language Learners.


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

The Instructional Coordinator is a New York State Certified Teacher in both Special Education and Elementary Education and has over 10 years teaching experience.  They are proficient in ELA content and very familiar with New York State Learning Standards regarding ELA and Reading.  They are also familiar with SES programming.  Senior Tutors will be a practicing teacher, a retired teacher or a college student with prior tutoring experience.  Associate Tutors will be a staff member or volunteer of the Valley Community Association, Inc. Associate Tutors will not necessarily have prior tutoring experience, but will be trained by the Instructional Coordinator and will work closely with Senior Tutors.


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

A mutually convenient method of reporting to parents, teachers, and the LEA will be developed based upon each students individual situation.  Phone, mail, email, and fax will be utilized.  For non-English speaking parents, reports will be translated.  Each child will have a individualized Student Learning Plan (SLP) that will be signed by the Instructional Coordinator, Senior Tutor, the student, and at least one parent of the student.  The SLP will be shared with the students teacher and/or guidance counselor.  Every 10-15 weeks a comprehensive evaluation of each students progress to date will be developed and shared with the students parents and their school.  Reports will be made to the LEA as required.


Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation)



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Last Updated: May 2, 2012