Reading Corps is Proven to Work
Reading Corps students make greater gains. An independent evaluation by leading social science researcher NORC at the University of Chicago shows elementary schools and preschool programs that implement Reading Corps get significantly greater outcomes for their students than programs that do not have access to Reading Corps. The study found that students of color, students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, and English Language Learners are achieving outcomes equal to or better than their peers. Students with higher risk factors actually made stronger gains.
NORC also found that the model is effective in any setting – urban, suburban, and rural. Expert literacy coaching and training in data-based decision making ensure that tutors are successful regardless of their educational background.
Reading Corps is Cost-effective
David Heistad and Robert Wedl conducted a matched sample analysis to better understand Reading Corps’ impact on Special Education referrals and potential cost savings. They found that at-risk students who were not enrolled in Reading Corps were referred to special education at three times the rate of Reading Corps participants (5.4% vs. 1.5%) by the end of one school year. It is estimated that in Minnesota alone, this diversion of children from special education results in a cost-savings to the educational system of $9 million per year.
Math Corps is
Proven to Work
Research funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation shows that Math Corps students make greater gains. Researchers used the “gold standard” of evaluation - a randomized controlled trial - involving nearly 700 students in grades 4-8. Significant, meaningful effects were found across all grades. In fact, Math Corps students were twice as likely to achieve math fact fluency and two times more likely to meet end-of-year benchmarks than their peers who did not receive Math Corps.