Students who have Reading Corps tutors make greater gains in reading than those who don’t. In 2018, an independent evaluation of the Wisconsin Reading Corps programs was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, a leading social-science research institution. The studies show that no matter where they’re located, preschool programs and elementary schools using Reading Corps realize significantly better outcomes for their students than programs that don’t have access to Reading Corps — and students with traditional risk factors make even more gains than their peers.
During the 2017-18 school year, a NORC study assessed the impact of the Wisconsin Reading Corps on Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third-grade students’ literacy proficiency scores.
Students served by Wisconsin Reading Corps demonstrate more than a year’s worth of progress on reading proficiency indicators
Kindergarten students tutored by the Wisconsin Reading Corp attained grade-level reading skills in a single semester while the growth rate of their control group peers was 30% less.
First Grade students tutored by the Wisconsin Reading Corps significantly outperformed their control group peers, showing a growth rate 25% higher.
Wisconsin Reading Corps students saw a substantially accelerated growth rate that was 30-40% above typical literacy improvements.
The average Reading Corps student outpaced their non-Reading Corps peers, but the growth rate of minority students and English language learners (ELL) was even greater.