When Kids Achieve, We Succeed
Over the course of 10 years, READy for the Grade educated 1430 students. In the past 4 years 96% of those children kept or improved their reading skills.
In 2021 and 2022, more families (parents, grandparents, other caregivers, and siblings) took part in READy for the Grade activities with their student(s) than in previous years.
At each site, children were urged to achieve, maintain, and even enhance key reading skills.
Results improved on the easyCBM test and other tests that measure reading skills. In 2019, students gained an average of 8.6 points on the easyCBM test between the start and end of the summer program, a statistically significant change.
A full 62% of children improved their reading skills over the course of the summer, according to the test scores, and 36% of students maintained their reading skills.
98% of students tested at the start and end of summer 2022 maintained or increased reading test scores.
Only 2% of children participating in READy for the Grade showed evidence of summer slide. Uneven attendance by some children contributed to their earning lower test scores.
From 2020 to 2022, our community partners made heroic efforts to reach children and families. Despite the challenges of distance learning, lack of adequate technology in some homes, and storms that left outdoor programs without a meeting place in some weeks, 89 children from 5 communities took part in READy for the Grade in 2021.
In 2022, two libraries joined the program: New Haven Free Public Library’s Stetson Branch and Willimantic Public Library. Across all 7 sites, 114 children participated.
100% of parents surveyed reported that their children read more because of their engagement in the program.
All Kids Need to Read
READy for the Grade serves a diverse population, with programs in rural, suburban, and urban communities. The challenges of living and learning with low income vary by setting. Click the site name for details.