Impact Evaluation: Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program

Program/Intervention: 
Minnesota Reading Corps K-3
Implementing Organization: 
ServeMinnesota Action Network
Intermediary(s): 
ServeMinnesota
Summary: 

Research has highlighted a range of teaching and learning strategies that are effective as a child develops from age three to grade three. Reading Corps provides individualized, data-driven instruction, one-on-one attention, highly-trained tutors, instruction delivered as designed (i.e. with fidelity), and the frequency and duration shown to be necessary for student achievement. Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) PreK and K-3 programs found that:

  1. both programs had statistically significant and sizeable positive effects on the reading abilities of 4 and 5 year-old and K-1st grade MRC participants (compared to non-MRC program participants), and
  2. both programs can likely be spread with similar effects to other schools and early education organizations.
CNCS Program(s): 
AmeriCorps State and National
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Education
Age(s) Studied: 
0-5 (Early childhood)
6-12 (Childhood)
Focus Population(s)/Community(s): 
Schools
Outcomes Category(s): 
K-12 Success
Study Type(s): 
Impact
Outcomes
Other
Study Design(s): 
Experimental (RCT)
Non-Experimental
Level of Evidence: 
Strong
Evaluator: 
NORC
Year Published: 
2014
Date Posted Online: 
September 15, 2015
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