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The Two-way Benefits of Local, Intergenerational Classroom Support

Four ways classroom tutoring support can improve education

Strong academic preparation is essential to college participation and the upward mobility, economic security, and quality of life that tend to follow. This is particularly true for students of color attending under-resourced and underserved schools, and it begins with reading. According to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, roughly 16 percent of children in the United States who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate on time—a rate four times higher than for proficient readers. Local statistics frequently tell a similar story.

According to data from the California Department of Education, for example, in 2015, less than 35 percent of third-grade students in Los Angeles Unified School District were meeting or exceeding English language standards, and nearly 25 percent were failing to graduate from high school or dropping out.

While early reading proficiency and higher education are essential to young people achieving long-term quality of life, health is a key factor in the quality of life of older adults. A lack of social, cognitive and physical activity have a direct tie to diminished cognitive function; reduced independence; increased risk of falls and fractures; and increased rates of disability, hospitalizations and death.

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