CROFTON CARES GRANT HELPS LAUNCH READING LITERACY PROGRAM AT BREAKTHROUGH SCHOOLS

With the assistance of a grant from the Crofton Cares Foundation, Breakthrough Schools has launched a pilot literacy tutoring program from Amplify.  The Amplify program is currently running at two campuses for scholars in grades 3-5 and is designed to boost scholars’ reading abilities.  Using the best practices of research aligned reading, students participate in 30-minute sessions with Amplify tutors three times a week.  The program provides individual assessments of each student to determine gaps and small group virtual tutoring that is designed to strategically close those gaps in an accelerated timeframe.

The primary focus for Breakthrough Public Schools continues to be literacy.  Efforts in the 2022-2023 school year have resulted in positive gains in literacy.  Breakthrough has decreased the number of scholars who are 2+ grade levels behind in reading by 24%.  Additionally, the network more than doubled the percentage of scholars on grade level for both literacy and math.  The hope is that the newly launched tutoring program will bring continued gains in the 2023-2024 school year.