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What is the study about?

This study examined whether the Experience Corps program improved the reading skills of elementary school students who were at risk of academic failure.

What did the study report?

Students in the Experience Corps program made greater gains over the academic year on passage comprehension and on general reading skills as assessed by their teachers, with effect sizes of 0.13 and 0.16, respectively. These effect sizes are roughly equivalent to moving a student from the 50th to the 56th percentile. Effects were smaller for students in special education.


Morrow-Howell, N., Jonson-Reid, M., McCrary, S., Lee, Y., & Spitznagel, E. (2009). Evaluation of Experience Corps: Student reading outcomes. St. Louis: Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Center for Social Development.

This quick review was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.