Patriots Perspective: Reading tutors help students achieve academic success
Minnesota schools, such as Eagle View Elementary School, are helping local students achieve academic success in the face of sobering statewide statistics.
According to recent studies, only half of Minnesota’s children are ready for kindergarten and one in five third-graders is not reading at grade level.
To proactively address this critical need, Eagle View Elementary School will become a Minnesota Reading Corps site for the 2013-14 school year.
Minnesota Reading Corps uses a research-based literacy model designed to help every Minnesota child become proficient in reading by the end of third grade. As a result, 80 percent of third-graders who successfully completed the program — all of whom previously were not on track to succeed — passed the statewide reading exam. This matches the overall Minnesota pass rate of 78 percent. “These impressive results would not be possible without the people power and commitment of trained Minnesota Reading Corps members,” said Dave Endicott, principal at Eagle View.
Research shows that when students get off to a poor start in reading, they rarely catch up with other students. A 2011 study reported that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.
Endicott stressed that high school diplomas and subsequent schooling are increasingly critical for employment. According to a 2010 Georgetown University report, by 2018, 70 percent of jobs in Minnesota will require at least some post-secondary education.
Endicott noted that there’s reason to be optimistic. Research supports that 95 percent of all children have the capacity to learn to read proficiently if effective interventions are provided.
He encourages anyone who is interested in making a difference in the lives of struggling students to consider becoming tutors.
“I encourage others to seek out this rewarding position. There’s an opportunity to make a real impact on students’ lives, which will ultimately help the entire community,” Endicott said.
Those interested in learning more about Minnesota Reading Corps or in applying to serve as a tutor are encouraged to visit www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or call 866-859-2825.