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Positive results for AmeriCorps tutoring programme


This report shares findings of an independent study of Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC), an AmeriCorps programme that provides trained literacy tutors for children aged 3 to 9. It shows that primary pupils tutored by AmeriCorps members achieved significantly higher literacy levels than those without such tutors, and impacts were statistically significant even among pupils at higher risk of academic failure.

The research, which was completed by NORC at the University of Chicago, involved a randomised controlled trial of more than 1,500 pupils from kindergarten (Year 1) through to third grade (Year 4) at 23 urban, suburban, and rural Minnesota schools during the 2012-13 school year. These pupils were assigned to either the MRC programme or to a control group. Outcomes were measured using the AIMSweb literacy assessments, which evaluated letter sound fluency, nonsense word fluency, and oral reading fluency.

Overall, key findings included:

Source: Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program, NORC at the University of Chicago.

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