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San Jose Students In Ignite Reading’s Tutoring Program Nearly Triple Reading Growth In Two Months


SAN JOSE – Since the launch of Ignite Reading’s partnership with Alpha: José Hernández School in November, the organization announced today that students participating in the virtual, one-to-one literacy tutoring program have recorded an average of nearly three weeks of reading progress per week of tutoring instruction, with no achievement gaps for students of color, students with IEPs, multilingual learners, or students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Ignite Reading officials joined school leaders and students at Alpha: José Hernández today to showcase the nationally recognized program. The demonstration was followed by a Q&A session and panel discussion.

Ignite Reading is currently serving 100 students in grades 3 through 5 at Alpha: José Hernández School. They are currently accelerating at a growth rate of 2.8 weeks of reading skills per week of instruction.

“Ensuring all students are prepared for success in life is an equity issue. Reading can open doors or close students out of opportunities. Bringing tutoring into our school day through Ignite Reading’s tutoring program is showing early success that we’re planning to build on in the months to come,” said Alpha Public Schools CEO Shara Hegde.

Ignite Reading pairs students with expert tutors who deliver daily, 15-minute, Science of Reading-based instruction to help them master the key foundational skills that equip them to become independent readers.The one-to-one virtual program is integrated into the school day and takes some of the burden off teachers by providing individualized instruction for every student.

The company is now teaching thousands of students to read across 13 states with further plans to expand nationwide. In addition to California, Ignite Reading is partnering with schools and districts to serve thousands of students in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia this year.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Alpha Public Schools to help more San Jose students enhance their reading skills. Through Ignite Reading’s individualized tutoring, students are making significant progress, gaining nearly three weeks’ worth of reading skills for every program week. The positive influence on their social-emotional development is also notable. It’s an honor to continue supporting the incredible local students, families, and educators in San Jose,” said Jessica Reid Sliwerski, Founder & CEO of Ignite Reading.

About Ignite Reading

Ignite Reading’s mission is to ensure that every student is a confident, independent reader by the end of first grade. The organization was co-founded by CEO Jessica Reid Sliwerski and Evan Marwell, Executive Chairman of Ignite and CEO of EducationSuperHighway. Ignite Reading pairs schools with a dedicated literacy specialist and a team of virtual reading tutors, all highly trained in the Science of Reading, who deliver 1:1 daily instruction to students focused on their specific decoding gaps. Ignite’s data-driven approach, provided by caring and skilled tutors, gives kids the know-how and confidence they need to thrive as fluent readers. The Ignite Reading program, delivered 15 minutes per day during a school’s literacy block, takes the burden of differentiated instruction off of teachers and has an impact immediately. For more information about Ignite Reading, visit: www.ignite-reading.com

About Alpha Public Schools

Alpha Public Schools is a network of four public charter schools founded by a group of East San Jose parents committed to creating access to an outstanding education for their children. An Alpha education prepares students in TK through 12th grade for success in college and career.

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