Summary Thoughts /Observations
Although open to all students, the ELOP disproportionately enrolls
Buffalo’s most challenged students (i.e., students in the intensive
intervention/high risk category)
Preliminary analysis indicates that ELOP students essentially performsimilarly to non-participating students from one year to the next
Research studies commonly find that these types of students are most
likely to suffer summer learning losses. Given these expectations,
ELOP’s ability to “keep pace” with non
-participating students might beviewed as a mitigant of summer learning loss. In other words,participating students might be viewed as performing better than they
would have had they not attended the program.
Further analysis could explore whether students are making greater gains at the DIBELS skill level (e.g., on ORF scores) rather thanrequiring change at the broader instructional recommendation level.