Impacts and Outcomes
In 2013-14, AmeriCorps members from the Massachusetts Reading Corps and the School Turnaround Initiative provided service to more than 800 at-risk students in Springfield, completing more than 40,000 hours of service. Members had significant impacts on early literacy skills development, attendance, behavior/disciplinary issues, and academics.
- 83% of four and five-year-olds who received intervention as part of the Minnesota Reading Corps PreK replication showed improvement in three of the "Big 5" literacy skills predictive of reading success.
- 62% percent of students served who were chronically absent (attendance rate less than 80 percent) in 2013 improved their attendance rate in 2014 by an average of 12 percent (21 school days)
- 67% percent of students who had disciplinary incidents in 2013 decreased their number of disciplinary incidents in 2014 by an average of three incidents per student
- 55% of students surveyed increased their academic engagement