Every student deserves an opportunity to succeed.

Nationwide, fewer than half our students achieve grade-level proficiency in reading and math. These skills are essential for success in the classroom and community. Students who achieve proficiency are much more likely to graduate high school and achieve their dreams. Our programs make an incredible difference and we need your help.

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Closing opportunity gaps with people and programs.

A strong foundation in reading and math is essential for all students. Test scores in both subjects show large opportunity gaps exist for students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, English language learners and students of color. But data from independent evaluations show that our programs can help close those gaps – and students even exceed their growth targets! 

With so many students needing extra help, it’s a huge challenge for school districts to provide the individual attention kids need. At the average school, giving each student the individual attention they need would take 230 hours per week and require 7 additional staff members. The people power our programs provide can help close those gaps, too!

Reading Challenges

Thirty-five percent of fourth graders are proficient readers. Think about that. Up to fourth grade, one of the major focuses for kids in school is learning to read. After fourth grade, it is an essential skill needed to keep pace in school and become successful learners.

Math Challenges

Thirty-four percent of eighth graders are proficient in math – this means the majority of students aren’t positioned to be successful in algebra and advanced math.  Success in math and advancing to algebra is linked to higher high school graduation rates, college success and good-paying jobs. So supporting students who need a boost in math can make an exponential impact!

National stats for students.

Our information comes from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” which is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of America’s students. According to the study, proficiency levels in reading and math for 4th and 8th grade students across all ethnic groups dropped below the previously recorded 2017 benchmark, with African American students, Hispanic students, and students from families experiencing poverty most affected by below-target scoring. 


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