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ERIC Number: ED546647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Reading Partners: The Implementation and Effectiveness of a One-on-One Tutoring Program Delivered by Community Volunteers. Policy Brief
Jacob, Robin Tepper; Smith, Thomas J.; Willard, Jacklyn A.; Rifkin, Rachel E.
This policy brief summarizes the positive results of a rigorous evaluation of Reading Partners, a widely used program that offers one-on-one tutoring provided by community volunteers to struggling readers in low-income elementary schools. A total of 1,265 students in 19 schools in three states were randomly assigned to receive Reading Partners' tutoring or to an "as-is" control condition. Findings revealed that the program had a positive effect on reading comprehension, on the ability to read sight-words efficiently, and on fluency. These encouraging results demonstrate that, when delivered on a large scale and implemented with fidelity, Reading Partners can serve as an effective tool in improving reading proficiency and warrants wider use in school reform efforts. [Additional financial support for this policy brief was provided by the Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; Corporation for National and Community Service
Authoring Institution: MDRC