Why is the Augustine Literacy Project needed?
- In 2014-2015, 48% of Catawba County third graders failed to meet grade level proficiency standards on the end of grade reading tests.
- More than 50% of economically disadvantaged children countywide read below grade level
- Nearly two-thirds of children with learning disabilities read below grade level. (www.dpi.state.nc.us)
- Children do not outgrow poor reading without targeted intervention. 74% of poor readers in 3rd grade still struggle in 9th
- 85% of juvenile offenders have a reading difficulty.
The Augustine Literacy Project of Hickory makes a difference in the lives of children. Here’s how it works:
- Improves the reading, writing, and spelling abilities of low-income children who struggle with literacy skills.
- Trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long-term, one-to-one support
- Employs a research-based methodology based on the Orton-Gillingham approach.
- Uses Wilson Reading System kits and the Augustine Literacy Project developed materials.
The Augustine Literacy Project of Hickory has been a replication chapter of the Augustine Literacy Project of the Triangle since 2008. Visit their website at www.augustineproject.org.