I love the saying: “Numbers don't lie.” So, how effective is the free 15-week SAT prep class Daniel Trust Foundation offers to low-income high school juniors in Bridgeport, CT and New York, NY? Let's find out!
I am so happy to share with donors of Daniel Trust Foundation that, my good friends Sumeet Desai and Karthik Thyagarajan, who are on the Digital team at Linde, a leading industrial gases and engineering company, have volunteered their time and skills, to help us analyze data from our 15-week SAT prep class, so we can show our donors the impact of their investments.
This marks the second year Sumeet and Karthik have volunteered their time and skills with us. Last year, I wrote a story about our partnership. Before I share the results of the new data analysis, I want you to know two things.
First, SAT prep classes are very expensive. Kaplan, one of the largest companies that provides online and in person SAT prep classes to high school students, charges $899 - $1,299, for a 24-hour in person SAT prep class.
Second, the majority of the 29 students who took our SAT prep class this past Spring, would not be able to afford classes like the ones offered at Kaplan because 76% of the students' parents make less than $50,000 per year. Free SAT prep classes, such as the ones offered by nonprofit organizations such as Daniel Trust Foundation, make a big impact for low-income students.
Now, let me show you how our donors are changing our students' lives.
Sumeet and Karthik found that, in 2019, Daniel Trust Foundation provided 768 hours of free SAT tutoring to 29 low-income students in Bridgeport, CT and New York, NY compared to the 610 hours of free SAT tutoring we provided to 20 students in 2018. That is a 26% increase in hours.
Attendance also improved. In 2019, 59% of students in Bridgeport, CT and 29% in New York, NY, had a perfect attendance compared to 10% in both states in 2018. Overall attendance for students in Bridgeport, CT and New York, NY improved from 85% in 2018 to 95% in 2019.
Last year, Sumeet and Karthik suggested that we test students at the beginning of the class before they receive tutoring and at the end. The team believed that testing students at the beginning and at the end, would show better results on how the class is effective in helping students improve.
In 2019, the English average score was 497 on the first exam and then it went up to 538 on the final exam. That is a 41 points or 8% increase. The Math average score on the first exam was 479 and then it increased to 517 on the final exam. That is a 38 points or 8% increase. Total average SAT score increased from 997 on the first exam to 1055 on the second exam. That is a 58 points or 6% increase. In 2019, 97% of the students in Bridgeport, CT and New York, NY improved their scores compared to 43% in 2018.
At the end of the SAT prep class, we ask students to give us their feedback on what they liked about the SAT prep class and the areas they believe we can improve. Sumeet and Karthik found that majority of the students said the class was helpful and they would recommend it to a friend. Here are two testimonials from students who took the SAT prep class this past Spring.
“I feel that the Daniel Trust Foundation SAT class has helped me prepare for the real SAT because of all the test preparation materials we were given for practice. It really allowed me to hone in on my weaknesses and to improve,” said Anne Ho. “When I first joined the class I would always run out of time on the reading passage (section 1) and sometimes on math (section 4). However, this class has taught me how to pace myself to not run out of time.”
“I would definitely recommend the SAT Prep class to a friend because I think it would be a great opportunity for them to further engage in preparing for the exam. Even though we are taught the fundamentals in school, it may be hard to understand how these concepts apply on the exam,” said Daniellia Sumigar. “I think that students will be able to feel more comfortable with working with the material in order to increase their confidence when taking the test. Ultimately, it would help to alleviate any test anxieties as students have more exposure with the material than they normally would.”
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Sumeet Desai and Karthik Thyagarajan, for helping me put this data analysis together. Please know that your continued support truly means the world to us. To learn more about Karthik and Sumeet’s data analysis for Daniel Trust Foundation, please click here.
Linde is a leading industrial gases and engineering company with 2018 pro forma sales of USD 28 billion (EUR 24 billion). The company employs approximately 80,000 people globally and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Linde delivers innovative and sustainable solutions to its customers and creates long-term value for all stakeholders. The company is making our world more productive by providing products, technologies and services that help customers improve their economic and environmental performance in a connected world. In October 2018, Praxair and Linde AG came together to create Linde plc.