Ongoing Progress Monitoring Enables Data-Driven Decisionmaking
AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an evidence-based intergenerational tutoring program that increases K-3 students’ reading fluency while improving reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and social-emotional skills. A central part of the program’s success is its data-driven processes to monitor student progress. Not only are pre- and post-assessments collected for evaluation using valid and reliable tools, but mid-year data is used to coach program staff and volunteer tutors on student progress, attendance, and formal assessment provided by the schools.
Additionally, weekly progress monitoring occurs through daily session logs entered into a proprietary tutoring software. Session logs permit program staff and tutors to monitor daily activities, chart growth over time, and make course corrections to support the individual needs of students. All 17 program locations use a valid assessment tool, with many using Dynamic Indicator of Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) to assess oral reading fluency with a focus on students’ accuracy, pace, and comprehension. Given the widening of the achievement gap due to COVID-19, data-driven decisions are now more than ever a crucial aspect of the program and continues to guides its success.