School districts must choose with care when investing scarce resources in programs designed to help students succeed. Knowing in nearly real time whether a program is working allows for more meaningful evaluation, continuous program improvement, and better outcomes for the students in the program.
The Westmoreland Central School District is part of the small rural community of Westmoreland in central New York State serving about 1,000 students. For the past several years, Westmoreland has used Children’s Institute’s award-winning Primary Project1 to help a specific group of students in its K-4 elementary school. “We have interventions for children with identified learning problems, and support for children with mental health issues,” said Kathy Eisele, School Social Worker. “Primary Project reaches another group entirely.”