AmeriCorps Tutors Boost Student Literacy Independent Evaluation Finds Minnesota Reading Corps Produces Strong Literacy Gains

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On March 20, 2014 (EST)

An independent third-party evaluation of Minnesota Reading Corps, the nation’s largest AmeriCorps tutoring program, has found that elementary students tutored by AmeriCorps members achieved significantly higher literacy levels than students without such tutors, and that the impacts were statistically significant even among students at higher risk for academic failure. The study, released in March 2014 by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) also found that the tutoring model is replicable in multiple school settings using AmeriCorps members with varied backgrounds.

Minnesota Reading Corps, a strategic initiative of ServeMinnesota, currently engages more than 1,100 AmeriCorps members at 700 public schools and Head Start centers throughout the state. Last year its AmeriCorps members served 30,000 students in Minnesota. For more information on this report, please go to: http://www.nationalservice.gov/impact-our-nation/research-and-reports/impact-evaluation-minnesota-reading-corps



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