Reading Power uses universal assessments throughout the academic year to measure student growth. Students are also assessed daily to inform the next day’s instruction. This individualized intervention supports development of fundamental skills and independent reading practices.
Overall, during the 2021-2022 school year, 62% of our Reading Power students were removed from the risk of reading failure category on an end-of-year standardized assessment.
The goals for tutored kindergarten students are to develop story listening skills, to increase alphabet and letter/sound knowledge, and to strengthen phonemic awareness (the ability to auditorily discriminate between individual sounds in a spoken word). All of this is accomplished while fostering a love of literacy.
In 2021 – 2022, kindergarten students who received tutoring showed twice the growth (61 versus 31) of their non-tutored peers. The average scores of tutored kindergarten students surpassed the average of non-tutored peers (85 versus 81) on the spring ISEL assessment. Nearly two-thirds of tutored kindergarten students were removed from the risk of reading failure category on an end-of-year assessment.
According to national fluency standards (Barr, Blachowicz, Bates, 2013), the target (50th percentile) for the spring oral reading rate is 60 correct words read per minute in first grade.
In 2021-2022, first grade students showed more growth than their non-tutored peers. Nearly 50% of our tutored first grade students were removed from the risk of reading failure category based on an end-of-year standardized assessment.
According to national fluency standards (Barr, Blachowicz, Bates, 2013), the target (50th percentile) for the spring oral reading rate is 100 correct words read per minute in second grade.
In 2021-2022, second grade students demonstrated growth more than one and a half times as their non-tutored peers. More than 50% of our tutored second graders were removed from the risk of reading failure category, having scored above the 25th percentile on our end-of-year standardized assessment.
*Risk of reading failure is described as below the 25th percentile, where the average range is between the 25th- 75th percentile.
Tutored Students Moved from Risk of Reading Failure
“When I talk about Reading Power we can talk about the instructional value and the gains students make which is certainly important but the love and nurturing you give to the students is equally important. They will remember that and take that with them. They genuinely love you guys.”
Keely Roberts, Superintendent, Zion School District 6