Tampa, Fla. — September 5, 2007 — As the student body of America?s schools changes, so must our focus on what students need in order to succeed in society. Today, there is a rapidly growing Hispanic student population at schools across the country. With many of them not having English as their first language, it has posed new challenges for schools to address.
According to the U.S. Department of Education?s National Center for Education Statistics, Hispanic students in 2005 represented about 7 percent of the 16-through-24-year-old population in this country. Yet they made up about 27 percent of all high school dropouts in this age group. And for those Hispanic students born outside of this country, the dropout rate is around 36 percent. Clearly, there?s a need for additional resources, in order to assist these students in reaching their academic potential.
?Schools across the country are working to implement immersion classes for students that are not proficient in English,? explains Cari Diaz, of Club Z!, a Florida-based education company with over 400 locations across the nation. ?But the students do need supplemental education services, as well. When they have a better comprehension of English, they will be able to more easily complete studies in their other classes, as well.?
With the creation of the No Child Left Behind Act, it became essential for all students to be able to do grade-level work in math and reading by the year 2014. In order for this to become a reality, students who are considered Limited English Proficient (LEP) will become a focus, for schools around the country. An LEP student is generally considered to be one that has attended a school in this country for less than 12 months. Yet many of those students still need additional help beyond the 12 months, or live in homes where English is not the primary language. While programs for LEP students are being offered at schools in an effort to help them with the language transition, students still need additional help.
?We?ve had a lot of success with helping LEP students improve their reading and writing skills,? adds Diaz. ?When these students gain a better command of the English language, they do better in all their subjects, and their confidence level soars. This is what ultimately helps keep them in school through graduation.?
In addition to tutoring in English, reading and writing, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services also provides sessions in math, science, and standardized test preparation, as well as tutors to work with those that have learning disabilities. All tutors are state-certified teachers or degreed professionals. They are also a nationally recognized No Child Left Behind provider of ?supplemental education services.?
For more information about Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, or to find locations in your area, please visit www.clubztutoring.com.