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Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Community Technical Assistance


Name of organization:

Community Technical Assistance

Primary location:

7 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 407
East Orange, NJ 07017

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):


LEAs where service will be provided:

NYC District # 2 ISC-Manhattan
NYC District # 3 ISC- Manhattan
NYC District # 5 ISC- Manhattan
NYC District # 7 ISC- Bronx
NYC District # 8 ISC- Bronx
NYC District # 9 ISC- Bronx
NYC District # 16 ISC-Brooklyn
NYC District # 17 ISC-Staten Island
NYC District # 18 ISC-Staten Island
NYC District # 27 ISC-Queens
NYC District # 29 ISC-Queens
Newburgh City SD
Greenburgh Eleven UFSD
Greenburgh-Graham UFSD
Hawthorne-Cedar Knolls UFSD
Mt. Pleasant – Blythedale UFSD-NYC
-Abbott UFSD
-Mt. Pleasant - Cottage UFSD
-Mt. Vernon City SD
-Ossining UFSD
-Peekskill City SD
-UFSD Tarrytowns
-White Plains City SD
-Yonkers City SD
-Brockport CSD
-Churchville-Chili CSD
-Fairport CSD
-Gates-Chili CSD
-Rochester City SD
-Spencerport CSD
-Greenwood Lake UFSD
-Middletown City SD
-Monroe-Woodbury CSD
-Pine Bush CSD
-Port Jervis City SD
-Clarkstown CSD
-East Ramapo CSD
-Beacon City SD
-Hyde Park CSD
-Poughkeepsie City SD
-Wappingers CSD
-Fallsburg CSD
-Monticello CSD
-Kingston City SD
-Rondout Valley
-Margaretville CSD
-Albany City SD
-South Colonie CSD


Years provider has delivered service:

2 years


Evidence that services have been effective:

Evidence collected from our K – 8 grade students during the 2008-09 school year showed that students in all levels showed improvements in their academic achievement in both reading/language arts and math.  We use the GRADE test for reading/language arts and the GMADE test for math, to measure student gains from pre- to post-test. For 200 math students assessed, we found an average increase of 8% after 30 hours of instruction, for all grade levels K-12. The highest gain in math was among 6th grade students, who averaged a 15 percent gain from pre- to post-test on the GMADE.

For 50 reading/language arts students from K – 6 grades, we found an average improvement on the GRADE post-test of 10%. Additionally, our 1st grade reading students showed gains of 23% on the post-test and our 4th grade students showed gains of 22%. CTA’s program has been proven successful for both reading and math students.


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

We provide high quality instruction through use of our research-based curricula:
Reading/Language Arts:
Grades K – 6 reading/language arts –
Scott Foresman’s Reading Street and Saxon Reading Bold Interventions
Grades 7 – 12 – Pearson Learning’s Quick Reads

Grades K -6 math – Scott Foresman’s enVisionMATH  and MCP Mathematics Grades 7 -12 Saxon Math


Grade level(s) the provider will serve:

K - 12 students


Content area(s) provider will serve:

Reading/Language Arts and Math


Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable:

Students attend 2 sessions per week, extending for a 10 to 12 week instructional period.


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

Our program starts immediately after school hours on weekdays and lasts, on average, 1.5 hours.


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 – August 31; weekdays, Saturday, and during the summer.


Type of instruction:

Students work in small groups of no more than 5 students per tutor. CTA tutors are trained to provide explicit explanations of difficult concepts and strategies in reading and math by clearly describing concepts, or how the strategy works. Next tutors will model how to use the strategy or apply the concept, and will continue to provide coaching and support until the student can perform exercises and tests demonstrating that they have mastered the concept or strategy. Tutors are always well prepared and bring sufficient materials to keep students engaged for all of the session. Additionally, tutors use manipulatives like flashcards, blocks, and cubes to teach students who need a hands-on approach. These approaches have all been shown to be effective through academic research.


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

CTA tutors have experience serving students with a range of disabilities, including learning, physical, and emotional disabilities, in our programs. We make accommodations specified in students’ IEPs, adapt testing to student needs, adapt modes of instruction to student needs, and seek out the most effective tutoring/learning style for the individual student.  CTA hires tutors experienced in special education when special needs students enroll in the program.  When appropriate, CTA will provide one-on-one instruction for students who need a more intensive intervention and in-home tutoring sessions when on-site tutoring is impractical due to disabilities.


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

From our experience with teaching Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students, we understand that some of the key elements of an effective LEP program are 1) thoroughly trained bilingual LEP tutors able to teach in accordance with each student’s Individual Learning Plan and use CTA strategies and techniques, 2) emphasis on listening and speaking in all tutoring activities, 3) placement of LEP students in a group with students of similar ability and assigning work appropriate to their current skill level, and 4) tutors who are fluent in the student’s primary language so that they can occasionally review material or answer questions in the primary language.  Bilingual staff will be available so that parents/guardians can have conferences and receive written progress reports in their primary language.


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

Team Leaders are posted at every site, and responsible for ensuring that instruction at the site is high quality All Team Leaders are New York State certified teachers.  Most tutors  who provide instruction are also New York State certified teachers, but must at least hold an Associate’s degree with 60 completed semester hours of instruction.


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

We meet with parents/guardians before instruction begins to introduce our program and tutors, and have parents sign forms and help create an individual learning plan (ILP) for each student. We keep parents, teachers, and the LEA up-to-date with student improvements by sending each a monthly progress report by U.S. mail or email.


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

CTA will provide transportation, as needed, for certain tutoring sites. For example, we will provide transportation as needed to rural tutoring sites.


Additional relevant information:

Community Technical Assistance has been in business since 2002 and providing SES services since 2008.  Founded and headquartered in East Orange, New Jersey, the organization focuses on community development in many forms, including providing educational services to at-risk and low income youth.

Last Updated: March 20, 2014