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North Dakota Reading Corps

North Dakota Reading Corps, a strategic initiative of South East Education Cooperative, demonstrates how national service and literacy science can accelerate improvement in both students and systems. By mobilizing the people power of AmeriCorps, Reading Corps provides evidence-based literacy interventions and data-based assessments to children from age three to grade three. Our goal is to help every child become a successful reader by the end of 3rd grade.


18-19 Performance


  • A total of 632 students kindergarten through 3rd grade were served at 38 sites.
  • Fourty-four K-3 tutors served with N.D. Reading Corps.
  • On average, K-3 students received approximately 68.3 minutes of tutoring per week and 15.9 weeks of tutoring before qualifying to exit the program.
  • About 76% of all students tutored were catching up to their grade level targets, with Kindergarten and grade 3 having the highest percentage of students above target growth. 
  • For all five measures the average student achieved above target growth and was closer to the grade level target in the fall than they were in the spring. In four of the five measures the average student achieved enough growth to be above target by the spring.
  • Weekly progress monitoring scores for participating students demonstrated that 77% of students had a weekly growth rate above their grade level target.
  • For all measures, the average growth rate exceeded the target growth, meaning the average student was closing their individual achievement gap and on pace to make more than a year’s worth of growth. 


  • A total of 102 PreK students were served at five sites.
  • Eight tutors served in the PreK program.
  • On average, PreK students received approximately 15.4 weeks of tutoring with an average of 25.4 minutes per week.
  • 81% of Age 4 and 5 students and 100% of Age 3 students met the spring target on the PELI Composite, an overall representation of a student’s early literacy and language skills.
  • 100% of students demonstrated growth on at least two of the five individual skill measures, and nearly all students (95% for Age 4 and 5 and 100% for Age 3) demonstrated growth on three or more of the measures, showing that the majority of students are making progress in a number of important early literacy skills.
  • On the PELI Composite Score, 67% of students at high risk and 55% at moderate risk in the fall made enough growth to reduce their risk category by the spring. 
  • Tutors at the PreK level use measures of early literacy to evaluate their students’ Kindergarten readiness. These measures correspond to important early literacy skills including early phonemic awareness, early phonics skills, and early vocabulary or language skills.


  • The vast majority of Internal Coaches, administrators, teachers, and tutors reported that participation in Reading Corps had a positive impact on both their students and their site.
  • The majority of Internal Coaches and administrators agree or strongly agree that Reading Corps supports the implementation of literacy assessments and interventions, enhances the use of data to identify students in need of support, and is integral to their site’s multi-tier system of support. Respondents also agreed that Reading Corps participation increased students’ confidence in reading and enjoyment when reading.
  • At least 95% of each type of respondent would recommend the program. Administrators and Internal Coaches provided the greatest rate of endorsement.
  • 100% of tutors reported that participation in Reading Corps had a positive impact on them personally. After their service, 38% of tutors are considering a career in teaching or education, and most tutors are interested in continuing to serve their community.


Contact Information

Dana Sell

Dana Sell

ND Reading & Math Corps Program Coordinator


South East Education Cooperative's North Dakota Reading Corps program is a collaborating United Way of Cass-Clay Community Partner UNITED in working toward United Way of Cass-Clay’s BOLD Community Goal to Prepare Children to Succeed. This BOLD goal strategy is to prepare children to enter school ready to succeed and to be successful as they progress through school and graduate ready for post-secondary or the workforce.