Volunteer Tutors Found to Help Poor Readers
A program that uses older volunteers as tutors has significantly improved the reading skills of students in the early grades, according to a study released today.
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis studied more than 800 students in three cities in an effort to gauge the effectiveness of Experience Corps , a 14-year-old nationwide tutoring program that trains adults 55 and older to help elementary school children with their reading.
The report found that the program had “statistically significant and substantively important” effects on the youngsters’ reading skills, as measured by standardized...
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