University of California, Irvine School of Education Professor Dr. George Farkas will work in collaboration with William Skelly to continue and expand implementation of Reading One-to-One (R1-1), a reading tutoring program in which trained college students use a research-based curriculum to tutor elementary school students. Tutoring will be provided by UCI students to first grade students at Heninger Elementary who have been identified by teachers as most in need of reading assistance. Additionally, tutoring will be provided to second grade students who were tutored as part of this program last year. All tutoring sessions will be 1-1.
R1-1 was originally implemented by Dr. Farkas in the Dallas Public Schools from 1990 - 2000, and was eventually implemented in more than 20 school districts nationwide. It was included as an exemplary paraprofessional tutoring program in the National Academy of Sciences 1998 report, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children. It was also the model for President Clinton’s America Reads initiative, and Dr. Farkas was honored in the White House for his work on the program. Statistical analysis of the program (Farkas, 1998) showed effect sizes in the range of .3-.4 standard deviation, comparable in size to those reported for Success for All and Reading Recovery, but at lower cost. Analysis of program effects at Heninger Elementary during 2016-17 showed fall-spring DIBELS gains averaging 10 percentile points over the progress of matched comparison students from other (similar) SAUSD elementary schools. Many of the tutors are bilingual, and some graduated themselves from SAUSD.