In these tough economic times (or maybe before, for all I know), Oakland school board members are quick to tell us that they can’t make decisions based on what “feels good.”
Well, a study released today by researchers from Washington University in St. Louis tells us that one program used in Oakland – Experience Corps, a school tutoring program with volunteers older than 55 – does more than that.
The study, which spanned two years and included more than 800 kids, found that children served by Experience Corps volunteers, on average, made 60 percent more progress on sounding out words and in reading comprehension skills than other academically struggling students who didn’t have the tutors.
I wrote a story about the program two years ago (although it describes a math lesson, and this report analyzed reading). Experience Corps is at six Oakland elementary schools: Civicorps, Cleveland, Emerson, Piedmont Avenue, Santa Fe and Monarch.