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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.


19-20 Performance


  • A total of 622 students kindergarten through 3rd grade were served at 46 sites.
  • Forty-six K-3 tutors served with N.D. Reading Corps.
  • On average, K-3 students received approximately 69 minutes of tutoring per week and 13 weeks of tutoring before qualifying to exit the program.
  • Weekly progress monitoring scores for participating students demonstrated that 79% of students had a weekly growth rate above their grade level target.
  • About 79% 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 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 180 PreK students were served at seven sites.
  • Twelve tutors served in the PreK program.
  • On average, PreK students received approximately 13 weeks of tutoring with an average of 23 minutes per week.
  • 76% of Age 4 and 5 students and 97% of Age 3 students met the winter target on the PELI Composite, an overall representation of a student’s early literacy and language skills.
  • Of students who will likely move to Kindergarten next year (Age 4 and 5), 91% demonstrated fall to winter growth on three or more measures, and 35% demonstrated growth on all five measures of early literacy.
  • 100% of students demonstrated growth on at least one measure, and 91% of Age 4 and Age 5 students demonstrated growth on three or more measures, showing that the majority of students are making progress in a number of important early literacy skills.
  • 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 (100%) and tutors (98%) responding to an end-of-year survey would recommend the Reading Corps program to others.
  • Respondents also agreed that participation in Reading Corps had a positive impact on both their students and their site.
  • 78% of Internal Coaches agreed that Reading Corps is an integral part of their multi-tier system of supports.
  • 98% of tutors reported that Reading Corps had a positive impact on them this school year.
  • 98% of tutor and 100% of Internal Coach respondents agree that Reading Corps is having a positive impact on students, and this majority belief has been consistent over the four-year period.
  • 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.