One of our measures of achievement is reading scores from the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA). Over the history of the program, data indicates that children who participate in PALS have higher reading scores than do children who do not participate in PALS. Particular achievement outcomes are listed below.
On the 2011-12 HSA's PALS students outperformed the average at all grade levels as indicated in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1. HSA Reading: PALS participants vs. all students, by grade
When comparing reading proficiency scores for PALS participants in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, there is marked growth demonstrating that PALS adds value each year of the program as Figure 2 demonstrates below.
Figure 2. Reading proficiency: 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 cohorts
This growth is not true for non-PALS students. Figure 3 indicates the difference in growth that PALS students made across the two years as compared to the almost flat-line growth of non-PALs students.
Figure 3. HSA Reading Proficiency: PALS vs. Non-PALS