Preps Aided Local Students On SATs
Legislator Touts Test Pgm. Success
City Council Member Eric A. Ulrich joined Principal Joseph Birgeles of Goddard High School Principal Grace Zwillenberg of John Adams High School local students and representatives from Kaplan last Thursday, Sept. 15, in Ozone Park to discuss the results of SAT prep courses funded by the Council Member at six local high schools.
As noted, Ulrich provided $9,000 in discretionary funding to each school, which allowed about 25 students at each to take part in free Saturday morning prep courses.
During his press conference outside Goddard High School, Ulrich reported that the average combined score on practice tests during the program increased from 1232 to 1316 across the six schools. All three subject areas showed gains: 42 point increase in math, 16 points in critical reading and 25 points in writing.
“Kaplan has a proven track record of success in preparing students for the SAT and ACT exams, Ulrich said. “By giving parents and students the chance to receive the best SAT prep available in the most convenient location, we are helping our young people gain admission to the college of their dreams.”
“We truly are excited about this program, which is a great example of collaboration between the school and Council member,” Birgeles said. “The students worked very hard and absolutely benefited from it. The bottom line is this really helped our students maximize their performance on the SATs.”
“Parents had long been asking for this type of course, but there simply wasn’t money in the budget for it,” Zwillenberg said. “By stepping up with this funding, the Council Member has provided great opportunities for students who otherwise might have thought they couldn’t get into a competitive college.”
“Before taking part in the course, I was definitely unprepared and nervous about taking the test,” Goddard senior Sharon Groenow said. “I felt much more confident as a result of the practice work, and there was no way I was going to reach my goal without the program.”
Based on the success of the program and feedback from principals, teachers, students and parents, Ulrich has again allocated discretionary funding so the program can continue this year.