For the last 14 years, NESI and Catapult Learning have provided a comprehensive and flexible Title I program for participating private school students, their families, and teachers in 54 local education agencies (LEAs) in Missouri. Private schools in Missouri have diverse student populations with reading and math curricula varying among schools. The intervention program offered to the private school participants supports students at-risk in meeting state and national academic standards with an emphasis on improving math and reading performance. During the 2015–16 school year, Title I students receiving Catapult Learning services showed an average increase of 9.0 normal curve equivalents (NCEs) in reading and 11.2 NCEs in math.
Intervention services were held 3–4 days a week in small-group settings using a research-based intervention model revolving around the needs of the student. Professional development workshops provided additional guidance to private school teachers of Title I-participating students and parent involvement activities increased at-home support.