Why It Works

Each school year, teachers recommend close to 1,000 students who lack on-level reading and math proficiencies to be individually tutored through VIPS’ EveryBody Reads and EveryOne Counts programs. These pre-k through third-grade students, if left without intervention, have a higher risk of dropping out of school.

The National Research Council asserts that “academic success, as defined by high school graduation, can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by knowing someone’s reading skill at the end of third grade. A person who is not at least a modestly skilled reader by that time is unlikely to graduate from high school.”

An independent analysis of EveryBody Reads conducted by LSU Policy Research Lab concluded that students who received between 11 and 20 or more visits from a Reading Friend saw an increase in test scores 4.50 percentage points higher than peers who did not receive tutoring.

Receiving between 11 and 20 visits with a VIPS tutor is associated with a larger increase in test scores. Although, it is acknowledged that other factors played a role in this increase, this is still an encouraging result as it suggests that these tutored students are “catching up” to the test scores of their peers.