In 2010, the State of Arizona passed a third-grade reading retention law, Move On When Reading, which raises expectations for third-grade students. The law requires third-graders to read at grade level before being promoted to the fourth grade.
According to the 2013 Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) testing data, provided by the Arizona Department of Education, only 10 of the 25 school districts serving third-grade students in Phoenix have more than 70 percent of the student population passing the reading portion.
To support schools with Move On When Reading legislation, the City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office created the Read On Phoenix initiative. The vision is to target literacy resources at the highest-need communities to ensure that every child is reading on grade level by the end of third grade. Read On Phoenix engages parents, businesses and the community to collectively improve third-grade reading proficiency through four key areas: school readiness, summer learning loss, after-school literacy enrichment and volunteerism.
In Phoenix and across the nation, there is a documented relationship between success in reading and success in life. A child who falls behind and cannot read at proficient levels by the end of third grade faces a cascade of events that can be detrimental for the child and therefore detrimental for communities and our society at large.
AARP Experience Corps is a proven program made up of volunteers 50 and older who are dedicated to helping children become great readers before they finish the third grade.
At AARP Experience Corps, we believe every child has the right to read fluently and to reap the joys and opportunities that literacy provides. Our evidence-based tutoring program guides children in kindergarten through third grade on the path to reading proficiently and confidently.
How You Can Help
In the fall of 2014, the City of Phoenix Read On Initiative will host the AARP Experience Corps program in four school districts–Phoenix Elementary, Fowler Elementary, Riverside Elementary and Tolleson Elementary–serving hundreds of children who are most in need of reading support from a caring older adult.
You can help these students become strong lifelong readers by becoming a volunteer tutor.
Volunteering in Schools
Give a child a year of your time; you’ll get back more than you can imagine. You need to be able to commit to twice-weekly tutoring sessions for a total of five hours each week that school is in session. We provide the training, and we're recruiting now. Your enthusiasm, life experiences and time are needed. We prefer, at minimum, a high school education. No experience needed; our volunteers come from all different backgrounds and professions, and with our training are highly effective tutors. Get more information by filling out our online form.
Help Us Grow in Phoenix
Questions should be directed to the phone number at the bottom of this page.
Also, please tell friends who may also be interested in this wonderful opportunity to guide the next generation of readers.
Contact information: 602-256-4388 or ECPhx@phoenix.gov