LeBron James may have a rough year on the court with the Lakers this season but he’s accomplishing much bigger things off of it.
LeBron’s I Promise School, the public school he founded for at-risk students in a partnership with Akron Public Schools two years has shown ‘extraordinary’ results as test scores have exceeded expectations according to a report from the NY Times.
Via USA Today
The I Promise School opened in August for 240 third- and fourth-graders, and it has seen tangible results.
MAP (measures of academic progress) testing from the fall to the winter period at the school showed improvement, according to the Akron Public Schools Office of School Improvement:
90% of students – who started the school year at least one year behind grade level – met or exceeded their expected growth in math and reading.
Test scores increased at a rate higher than 99 out of 100 schools, per Northwest Evaluation (NWEA) school norms.
Third-graders went from the first percentile to the 18th percentile in math, moving from intensive tier of support to targeted levels of support.
Fourth-graders went from the second percentile to the 30th percentile in math, going from intensive tier of support to low universal tier of support.
All IPS students were below grade level in reading, and in the latest testing scores, 23% of students scored at or above the 25th percentile in reading, putting them at or near grade level
LeBron went on to post a video on Instagram shouting out teachers and students for their hard work.
Hopefully, people recognize LeBron’s charitable contributions off the court as much as they do the stuff he does on the court after he retires.