05-10-2011 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #44

Jump Start 2011


Jump Start will provide a summer learning opportunity for our primary-aged students to give them a "jump" on the upcoming year's curriculum.  Jump Start will allow targeted students to enter school better prepared for success in the upcoming school year.

Principals' evaluation of the 2010 Jump Start program found that elementary participants gained:

  • Mastery of deficit reading skills such as ability to read high frequency words, main idea/supporting details, compare/contrast, and cause/effect relationships;
  • Mastery of deficit mathematics skills such as composing/decomposing numbers, place value, and addition/subtraction facts;
  • Increased achievement based on comparison of pre- and post-test reading and mathematics data;
  • Increase in positive feelings about school and about learning (feedback from students and parents);
  • Increase in GPA of participants from previous year;
  • Improvement in reading fluency and phoneme segmentation; and
  • Increase in student engagement and enthusiasm of learning.

Similar to last year, every elementary school will provide an engaging academic program to strengthen students' academic success prior to the start of the next school year.  Approximate costs for the programs are $390,000, which include teacher salaries and a small amount of supply money to support the program.  The costs for Jump Start will come from the operating funds budgeted for SOAR.

Additionally, the established SOAR budget will support required summer programs for students who need remediation in order to be promoted such as Third Grade Reading Camps and Extended School Year (ESY) program for eligible students in the Exceptional Student Education Program.  Along with programs funded through the operating budget, categorical Supplementary Academic Instruction (SAI) funds were held back in order to offer course and credit make-up for students who are at risk of failing in grades 6 through 12.


Approve the Summer Opportunities for Acceleration and Remediation (SOAR) Jump Start program for the summer of 2011.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 5/10/2011
Consent after Information5/24/2011

Authority for Action
FS 1001.41 General Powers of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Operating - Other

Cost Center


Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, ext. 300

Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs, ext. 330

Attachment:  Jump Start.pdf