The Delta Health Alliance

Indianola Promise Community Shows Progress with Indianola Students

Posted on: June 21, 2016


(Indianola, MS)   At the Sunflower County Consolidated School District board meeting on Tuesday evening, Dr. Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO, gave a report on the ways Indianola Promise Community programs were helping Indianola children succeed. The Indianola Promise Community, or IPC, was created by Delta Health Alliance in partnership with a number of Indianola organizations, and has one main goal – to expand health care and educational opportunities for Indianola children and their families.

The report by Matthews analyzed data from the school district and from students enrolled in IPC programs to evaluate the effectiveness of those programs. The analysis was performed by the Urban Child Institute, an independent research institution that utilizes evidence-based evaluations. “The report shows that students enrolled in Indianola Promise Community programs are demonstrating academic success and that success is directly linked to IPC support and programs,” according to Matthews.

These are some of the highlights of the report given to the school board by Matthews:

  • — A special IPC program targeted to at-risk third graders resulted in an 82 percent passage rate for Carver third graders on the state Reading Gate test. This compared to a passage rate of 59 percent last year without the intervention.
  • — Test results for K–3rd grade students in targeted after-school programs found that all of the students scored proficient or better in state reading assessments.
  • — Since full implementation of IPC in 2013, the readiness rate of kindergarten students has doubled from 25% to 52%. More than 94 percent of children enrolled in kindergarten participated in at least one of the six IPC programs available for them.
  • — High school graduation rates have improved 10 percent from the previous year. This increase in the graduation rate will lead to a projected additional earned income of $144,000 per year with a projected lifetime additional earned income of $7.2 million.
  • — An IPC program that provides targeted resources to at-risk children and their families found that students enrolled in that program outperformed their peers on state reading assessments.

Matthews told the school board, “We know these programs are working and they are a very worthwhile investment in Indianola.” IPC has a pipeline of over 30 programs to offer resources from pre-natal care through high school and secondary education, creating a path for students to gain meaningful careers and earn financial independence.

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