“The substantial relationship between parent involvement for the school and reading comprehension levels of fourth-grade classrooms is obvious, according to the U.S. Department of Education.7 Where parent involvement is low, the classroom mean average (reading score) is 46 points below the national average. Where involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average – a gap of 74 points. Even after controlling for other attributes of communities, schools, principals, classes, and students, that might confound this relationship, the gap is 44 points.”
Perhaps you are wondering what exactly this means. It means that adult literacy is linked to children’s literacy and, of course, a child’s literacy impacts whether he or she will be literate as an adult. That’s why it’s more important than ever to encourage and promote children’s literacy by reading to them and providing books. That’s why ReadWest supports National Read Across America Day (March 2nd). Learn more about Read Across America.
How can you help?
Another way you can help is by volunteering with or donating to ReadWest. Parents can’t read to their children if they themselves are unable to read. That’s where we come in. We help adults learn to read with one-on-one tutoring by trained, certified volunteers. And, it’s FREE.