At Knack, our mission is simple: to ensure that every student has access to quality academic support.
While our focus has traditionally been on college students, we know that successful collegiate careers actually begin much earlier. In their infamous “Double Jeopardy” study, the Annie E. Casey Foundation observed a direct correlation between third grade levels and high school graduation rates, noting that 1 in 6 students who do not read at a proficient level by the third grade will not graduate from high school on time. The study also noted that 22% of children who lived in poverty do not graduate from high school at all, and 26% of children who lived in poverty for at least a year, and were not reading proficiently in third grade, also don’t finish school.
This was before COVID-19 hit.
Since the start of the pandemic, global inequalities in education have been exposed. While the American education gap has long been established (i.e., Summer Slide), COVID-19 thrust it into the spotlight, from differences in access to high-speed internet and parental support to even just having books at home. The shift to virtual learning has also disproportionately impacted the lives of students who rely on school meals for sustenance, as well as students who are homeless. How can we expect students to pay attention to a Zoom class if they’re hungry, let alone living without a home?
To put it simply, this is a trend that must be reversed, and we’re committed to doing our part to change it. Our Core Values are hinged on Accessibility, Impact, Safety, and Community. They always have been.
In the era of COVID-19, they ring true more than ever, which is why we’re very proud and excited to announce we are working with Florida Power and Light and Community Partners of South Florida to provide tutoring, Google Chromebooks, and Wi-Fi hot spots to K-12 students in need across Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.