Our Reading Intervention program is comprised of twice weekly, 45-minute sessions (during the school day) with a low 4:1 student to teacher ratio. Students are leveled and grouped according to a comprehensive pre-assessment. The program is based upon the 5 components of reading as determined by the National Reading Panel:
- Phonemic Awareness
Phonemic Awareness and Phonics:
Skills taught include rhyming, recognizing and identifying sounds in words as well as segmenting and blending sounds into words. Students are also taught that letters represent phonemes, that, when blended together, form written words.
Tutors model reading to students and build fluency through repeated reading of familiar books. Vocabulary is developed through the introduction and exploration of new books. Comprehension skills are built through discussion of books that promote understanding.
Alphabet Knowledge & Concepts of Print:
Naming, recognition, and writing of upper and lowercase letters, as well as sorting vowels and consonants. Concepts of Print instruction includes components of a book, directionality of print, correlation of pictures to print, distinction between letters, words and sentences, as well as punctuation.
A pre-assessment provides a baseline from which to measure progress and build lessons. Mid-year results, in conjunction with ongoing monitoring of student progress, are used to drive lesson planning and develop instructional strategies. Post testing in April measures students’ progress and program success.
The primary goal is to close the gap between students’ reading grade levels and their actual grade levels. Secondarily, each tutor strives to build meaningful relationships with their students and become an adult the children can trust.
- 90% of students score at least 90% on a Foundational Skills Assessment, which includes Letter Recognition, Concepts of Print, Phonological Awareness and Phonics.
- 80% of students show an increase of at least 1 Reading Grade Level.
- 60% of students show an increase of 3 or more Developmental Reading Assessment levels.
- 90% of teachers report a positive change in students’ confidence in reading.
- 90% of teachers report the Making It Better Reading Intervention Program was beneficial to their students.
What sets our Reading Intervention program apart from other tutoring programs?
- Tailored to meet the needs of each student: Our staff evaluates students’ progress on an ongoing basis. This evaluation is used to shape our lessons for individualized learning, as well as to strategically group students in order to accelerate their progress.
- Tailored to meet the needs of each campus: Our staff works very closely with teachers, administrators and reading specialists to complement each school’s reading program.
- Low student to tutor ratio: We always maintain a very low 4:1 student to tutor ratio. This low ratio provides the students with individualized intervention and also allows the tutors to develop a meaningful relationship with each child.
- Cost effective: We work very hard to keep our costs reasonable for schools. The portion that a school pays towards the program depends upon the needs and funds available at each school campus, as well as the number of students to be served and the length of the program. Our typical program consists of 23 weeks of instruction and serves 36 students at a direct cost of approximately $700/student.
- More than a vendor: We go beyond the classroom by supporting literacy development at home through our book bag program where students check out two new reading-level appropriate books each week. We also host three workshops each year where parents receive materials, support and additional skills to foster their child’s literacy development and expand learning at home.