April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Reading is Fundamental Launches Read for Success

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) has introduced Read for Success, an evidence-based program intervention designed to improve reading proficiency among K-3 students. Through vocabulary-rich classroom books partnered with standards-based activities and professional development, educators motivate students to continue to read all year long. Aside from the classroom materials, students select eight books to take home for the summer (and keep).

Tested over a two-year period as part of an Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant from the U.S. Department of Education, RIF’s model is designed to curb the “summer learning slide”—a contributing factor to the achievement gap.

The model stemmed reading loss from 80 percent of students in low-income communities to 39 percent, while 57 percent saw gains in reading proficiency.

Recent NAEP scores show an average of 65 percent of students in fourth and eighth grade not proficient in reading.

 “So many of our nation’s students are falling behind academically,” noted Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “It’s imperative that we do something to stop the cycle of illiteracy in our country.”

 “Hickory Public Schools participated in RIF’s initial research study,” said Dr. Timothy Sims, federal programs director with Hickory (NC) Public Schools. “Our third-grade students demonstrated three months of growth in reading comprehension over the summer, and our third to fourth grade students made six months of growth.”

The program sells for $100 per student.


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