For more than five years, SAReads analyzed the impact of research-based tutoring on reading outcomes for hundreds of students. While individual tutoring has benefits to students, Louisa Moats' research shows regular classroom instruction, supplemented with small-group intervention support for struggling students, is the key to reading improvement for whole classes and for most individual poor readers. Most children identified before 2nd grade as having trouble learning to read can learn to read well with a bona fide SBRI program. In academic year 2017-2018, SAReads began developing a model to build the SBRI capacity of teachers to establish a complete literacy support system across elementary school campuses.
Measuring Student Success
SAReads monitors individual student progress using IStation assessments. These are diagnostic tools for pre-reading and reading skills from Kindergarten through the end of 5th grade. SAReads also measures program impact through the number of participating students who meet the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (“STAAR”) standard for reading in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
SAReads tutors submit weekly reports about each student’s progress on a custom MySAReads portal. This allows us to match the students’ individual learning needs with specific research-based reading instruction.
Download early progress reports to view impact by academic year. Data after AY2015-16 is reported on the SAReads Data Dashboard.