Community college starts outreach program for students in need

Students receive academic help and practice based on exam results.

students-shmoopHillsborough Community College’s College Reach-Out Program (CROP), which serves disadvantaged students in central Florida, is using Shmoop to prepare students for standardized tests and the college application process.

The CROP program is intended to increase the number of educationally and economically disadvantaged high school and middle school students who will attend college after graduation.

And this summer, Lawrence Smith, a veteran teacher who serves as an associate for the CROP program, added Shmoop to the mix.

With Shmoop Test Prep, students take a diagnostic, find out what they got right and wrong (and why), and get targeted review and practice drills—all in less time than it would take to find a number 2 pencil. And that real-time data is precisely what Smith loves.

“This is a plug and play generation,” he said, “and students want to see exactly what they’ve done exactly when they do it.”

One CROP student saw his SAT practice exam score increase from 1120 to 1610 in six weeks, and another saw hers go from 830 to 1460 in the same amount of time.

Of the students who stuck with Shmoop for the entire 6-week summer program, 100 percent increased their scores.

The CROP program used Shmoop’s prep for the SAT exam, ACT exam, PSAT/NMSQT exam, and numerous Florida End-of-Course Assessments.

Teachers can keep tabs on student progress with Shmoop’s online grade book, and administrators, who can receive bulk discounts by contacting, are able to see school- and district-wide data to make sure their limited budgets are being put to good use.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione