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Nicholas commented on Parent Reading Coach

Hi Katie,

We developed the practice application both to ensure fidelity to the model but also as an additional tool for parents/guardians who are illiterate so they can follow along with their child as the program takes the child through the levels. We know it's not perfect but the parent can learn alongside the child. Parents still need to be able to log-on to the account and have access to the internet. Yes we have meetings set-up with Philadelphia and Chicago library systems to explore and make it available to families.

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Nicholas commented on Parent Reading Coach

An alarming number of children—about 67 percent nationwide and more than 80 percent of those from low-income families—are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. This has significant and long-term consequences not only for each of those children but for their communities, and for our nation as a whole. If left unchecked, this problem will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap, and reduce high school dropout rates. Far fewer of the next generation will be prepared to succeed in a global economy, participate in higher education, or enter military and civilian service. (http://gradelevelreading.net/) AND 20% of students have some type of reading disability and many are not serviced by the school as there is a whole legal process to be categorized as a Special Education Student. Many of these students usually end up dropping out of school.

As far as measuring success - we ran a pilot within a school setting for low-income and children with reading disabilities and in all scenarios the students increased their reading abilities between 25-50% faster then their peers. The reality is if the program were operated within school settings success can be measured by using their existing standardized tests. However, by providing the training, manuals, and early literacy books to parents across the country we will not be able to measure/track a child's progress. We've realized that we have to operate under the principle that as long as parents continue to find the materials useful their will continue to use them or buy them and that is the best measure we will get.

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Nicholas commented on Parent Reading Coach

An alarming number of children—about 67 percent nationwide and more than 80 percent of those from low-income families—are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. This has significant and long-term consequences not only for each of those children but for their communities, and for our nation as a whole. If left unchecked, this problem will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap, and reduce high school dropout rates. Far fewer of the next generation will be prepared to succeed in a global economy, participate in higher education, or enter military and civilian service. (http://gradelevelreading.net/) AND 20% of students have some type of reading disability and many are not serviced by the school as there is a whole legal process to be categorized as a Special Education Student. Many of these students usually end up dropping out of school.

As far as measuring success - we ran a pilot within a school setting for low-income and children with reading disabilities and in all scenarios the students increased their reading abilities between 25-50% faster then their peers. The reality is if the program were operated within school settings success can be measured by using their existing standardized tests. However, by providing the training, manuals, and early literacy books to parents across the country we will not be able to measure/track a child's progress. We've realized that we have to operate under the principle that as long as parents continue to find the materials useful their will continue to use them or buy them and that is the best measure we will get.