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School Initiative Information

Initiative Name: Closing the Gap in Student Performance
Leadership Type: CBO led
Location Type: Urban
Address: 741 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209 US
Phone: 202-822-8405


The Closing the Gap in Student Performance Initiative was formed by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, Catholic Charities, Buffalo Public Schools, County of Erie, and the New York State Education Department. The focus of the initiative is to establish school community partnerships in targeted schools within the Buffalo Public School District.

Services/Programs Offered

CTG coordinates the efforts of over 25 agencies and County Departments in supporting the needs of over 5,200 students.  A Site Facilitator works directly in each CTG school, linking students with the necessary resources to meet their basic needs.  Services provided include but are not limited to, clothing and food, tutoring and mentoring, mental health services, grief and loss counseling, parent programs and outreach, after school and out of school enrichment programs, and crisis intervention. 


Community partners include Algonquin Sports, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education, Calvary Episcopal Church, Canisius College, Catholic Charities, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Child and Family Services, Cradle Beach, EPIC – Every Person Influences Children, Erie 1 BOCES, Erie County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Family Help Center( formerly known as Joan A. Male Family Support Center), Food Bank of WNY, Gateway-Longview, Girl Scouts of WNY, General Mills Mentoring Program, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Kaleida Health, Life Transitions Center Mental Health Association,  Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services, New Directions Youth and Family Services, Northwest Buffalo Community Center, Science First Hand Learning, Summit Educational Resources,University at Buffalo,Winning Because I Tried, and WNY United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Resource partners include the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation, the Buffalo Public School, Catholic Charities, Erie County Department of Mental Health, Erie County Department of Social Services, Ingram Micro, JP Morgan Chase, NYS Department of Mental Health, Pizza Hut, University at Buffalo, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, U.S. Department of Education,  and WNY Girls in Sports.
Closing the Gap maintains partnerships with community stakeholders in education such as the After School Network of WNY, The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, The BMHA Perry Choice Neighborhood, The South Buffalo Promise Zone, and Say Yes to Education.


Closing the Gap has expanded from six to 27 schools, touching at least 7,924 students through Tier I (schoolwide programming), Tier II (group programming and focused interventions), and Tier III (intensive individualized interventions). Tier III counseling and intensive interventions are provided for approximately 850 students and families annually. Over 700 parent interactions occur annually through directed training sessions, attendance support, counseling interventions, social service referrals, and provision of basic needs. Enrichment activities, including school-day, summer, and out-of-school time, are provided for approximately 1,400 students or more annually, with additional opportunities added each school year. Basic needs items and services are provided for nearly 1,000 students and families per year.
66% of CTG students increased their GPA from January through June, 2012, compared with 60.5% improving July through December 2011. This is a 5.5% increase.  
Annually over the past three years, approximately 20% of students receiving intensive services though CTG improve their NYS ELA assessments scores by at least one level (year over year). Similarly, 29% of CTG participants improved their NYS Math assessment scores by the same measure.
CTG shows continuous improvement in the area of increasing student attendance, with a 21% increase in average daily attendance from 2006-2009. Average daily attendance of students receiving CTG services in 2009 was 98%.
Disciplinary referrals and suspensions within CTG schools have decreased an average of 14% over the past four years.
Schools with CTG services show significant improvement in academic results. In 2009, Community School #53 and Hamlin Park School #74 were removed from NYSED’s Schools Under Registration Review list and are in the process of becoming Schools in Good Standing. In the 2007-2008 school year, Hillery Park School #27 achieved a 22% increase in 8th grade promotion rates, which facilitated its status change with NYSED to a School in Good Standing.

Funding Sources

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Resources for the Field

None at this time

Initiative Demographics

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