by Dennis Wyatt, originally published in the Manteca Bulletin on 9/21/10
The report card is in – Give Every Child a Chance continues to exceed the mark when it comes to helping struggling kids improve in school.
An independent evaluation showed that 80.6 percent of all students involved with GECAC‘s free tutoring programs are showing significant improvement. That is almost double the success rate of most community-based tutoring programs.
The annual study conducted by San Joaquin County Data Co-Op concluded the community-based tutoring program:
- helped students improve academically.
- reduced the number of failing grades.
- built a positive partnership for the benefit of the community.
- created a positive one-on-one connection for children with a team of community volunteers.
- provided citizens the opportunity to give back to their community through serving others.
- provided children with hope for the future.
Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer said teachers are confident when they recommend struggling students to the one-on-one tutoring organization that there will be progress made.
“We know a quality one-on-one tutoring program is important,” Messer said. “You can make significant differences for individual students.”
Messer said he was impressed that GECAC has generated 400 plus community volunteers who work one-on-one with students an hour twice a week.
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