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The mission of the Washington Reading Corps is to improve reading abilities of young students across Washington through research-based tutoring of struggling readers and effective collaborations among schools, families, community members, national service, business and state partners. The Washington Reading Corps (WRC) blends public, private, and community resources to encourage early childhood development and support struggling readers in kindergarten through sixth grade. Initially created in response to the state's low reading scores, the WRC now serves a critical role as an intervention to address reading achievement goals of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Tutoring and Early Childhood Development: WRC members and volunteers work with children in Early Learning centers to increase kindergarten preparedness and also tutor students grades K-6 identified as needing reading assistance in reading and/or reading readiness skills in one-on-one or small group tutoring sessions. Students successfully exiting the WRC program will raise their reading skills by at least one grade level or meet benchmark and show improvement in attitudes and behaviors towards reading. Volunteer Generation: WRC members will assist schools and early learning sites to recruit, train, manage, and recognize volunteers. Most volunteer tutors will provide 1-on-1 and small group tutoring in reading and reading readiness before, during, and after school during the school year. 100% of volunteer tutors will be trained and report that the tutor training they received improved their ability to provide services to the students. Sustainability: WRC Project Supervisors and WRC members meet with 100% of the sites participating in the WRC and discuss plans for, and progress towards, building capacity and sustainability of the early learning and reading support programs. Family Involvement: WRC members will assist with organizing family involvement activities that support literacy improvement in the home, school, and community and developing a family involvement plan. These family activities will involve students who have been identified as struggling readers and their parents and/or family members. Eighty (80)% of WRC families will report the activity was valuable to them and/or to their child.
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