EDUCATION: Closing the Gap in Student Performance


What is Closing the Gap in Student Performance?

Closing the Gap (CTG) is a school-community collaboration in 6 Buffalo Public Schools that integrates health, human, and social services to enhance conditions for learning. Our goal is to close the achievement gap by addressing the non-academic barriers that can keep kids from learning. Closing the Gap serves 3,247 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade in the following schools:


 #27 Hillery Park

#30 Frank A. Sedita

#53 Community School

 #74 Hamlin Park School

#94 West Hertel Academy

#97 Harvey Austin School



Closing the Gap is partnering with Buffalo Public Schools to support their efforts in:


  • Improving academic achievement
  • Improving attendance
  • Decreasing disciplinary referrals
  • Decreasing formal and informal suspensions, and 
  • Increasing parental involvement

How Are Closing the Gap Schools Achieving Results?

  • 1,084 students served achieved a 12 percent increase in their GPA
  • One Closing the Gap school achieved a 22 percent increase in 8th grade promotion rates
  • Over 15,000 student contacts and 3,000 parent contacts, helping link families with services including anger management and grief and loss counseling
  • 1,206 students who were below grade level received recreational summer programming in support of the Buffalo Public Schools Extended Learning Opportunity Program 

Who Are Closing the Gap Partners?

Closing the Gap partners include United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, Buffalo Public School District, Erie County Department of Mental Health, Erie County Department of Social Services, Kaleida Health System, Catholic Health System and Catholic Charities.  Each partner contributes valuable expertise and resources. In addition to funding, partners provide critical guidance and oversight as members of the Leadership Team, ensuring that the efforts of each partner are integrated with one another and are measured with agreed upon standards.


In addition, multiple health and human service providers work with Site Facilitators to coordinate services for children and their families. Current providers include ABC Program (University at Buffalo, Center for Children and Families), Erie County Family Court (Attendance Court), Big Brother/Big Sister, Boys and Girls Club, Child & Adolescent Treatment Services, Child & Family Services, EPIC (Every Person Influences Children), Joan A. Male Family Support Center, Independent Health Foundation, Kaleida School-Based Health Clinic, Life Transitions Center, New Directions, Mid-Erie Treatment Services, Prevention Focus, Sister's School-Based Health Clinic, and Western New York United.



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