THERE IS HOPE!
Research reveals that children living in poverty who read proficiently by the end of the third grade have an 89% graduation rate!
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of Memphis children live in poverty and are, on average, THREE grade levels behind their more affluent peers in reading.
of students not reading on grade level by 4th grade will likely be incarcerated or need welfare.
of students in low-income families have NO books in the home.
We train volunteers in a simple sight word approach to work with 2nd-grade students in our partner schools.
Our volunteers commit to serve for 1 hour a week, from September to April, coaching students one-on-one.
We provide every 2nd-grader in ARISE2Read schools with 8 – 10 brand-new books each year. Why? Because research shows that children living in poverty who are reading on grade level by 3rd grade have an 89% graduation rate!
In 2022-2023, ARISE2Read students gained an average of 346 words or 3.5-grade levels of growth. Only 12% of students pre-tested on grade level. Post-test results revealed that 69% of our students were on grade level for a
in students reading on sight word grade level.
A comparative analysis of 2nd-grade students in ten ARISE2Read partner schools who pre-tested below grade level revealed that 66% of ARISE2Read students were on grade level at the post-test, compared to 15% of students not in ARISE2Read.
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of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade will likely be incarcerated or need government assistance.
In middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13:1; in low income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.
of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children.
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