Summer reading loss accounts for roughly 80% of the rich/poor reading achievement gap.
(Alexander, Entwisle & Olsen, 2007)
READ USA is improving grade-level reading proficiency in Duval County by pairing high school student tutors with elementary school students struggling to read.
The reading gains made by both the elementary school and high school students during the pilot program were overwhelming. In addition to reading progress, the teen tutors – many from under-resourced communities – gained valuable workforce development skills and bonded with the students in their care, while being paid a living wage of $15 per hour. Due to the program’s success, READ USA is working with DCPS to expand this program each summer to reach even more high school and elementary school students.
With the support of Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Ohio State University to assess the program’s evidence-based positive outcomes, READ USA hopes to expand this program beyond Duval County.