Children behind in reading are more likely to quit school, live in poverty, and become incarcerated. To address this, United Way of San Luis Obispo County is implementing the acclaimed Reading Plus software in local schools. Reading Plus uses interactive computer strategies to improve children’s reading skills. An on-site supervisor supports students completing lessons.
Reading Plus helps students to become a stronger, more confident readers. They learn to read faster, recognize new words, and comprehend what they have read. Becoming a stronger reader enables them to read textbooks, novels, articles, blog posts, and other pieces of text more easily. As they become more confident readers, they may develop new interests and enjoy learning about things through reading.
During the Reading Plus pilot program at Oceano Elementary School, 45 students advanced by at least 1 grade level, with 21 increasing 3+ grade levels. With your support, United Way will offer exciting and educational incentives to increase students’ interest in advancing reading levels.