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1305 9th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58103
phone: 701.446.3170
fax: 701.446.3176

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North Dakota Reading Corps

North Dakota Reading Corps, a strategic initiative of South East Education Cooperative, demonstrates how national service and literacy science can accelerate improvement in both students and systems. By mobilizing the people power of AmeriCorps, Reading Corps provides evidence-based literacy interventions and data-based assessments to children from age three to grade three. Our goal is to help every child become a successful reader by the end of 3rd grade.

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Contact Information

Jolene Garty
Program Manager
Fargo, West Fargo, Jamestown, Minot
(701) 446-3173

Jim Upgren
Program Coordinator
Bismarck, Mandan
(701) 751-4041 x111

Program Performance

2015-2016 Performance


  • A total of 774 students kindergarten through 3rd grade were served in Bismarck, Fargo, Hazen, Jamestown, Mandan, Minot and West Fargo.
  • Fourty-seven K-3 tutors served with N.D. Reading Corps.
  • On average, K-3 students received approximately 69 minutes of tutoring per week and 13 weeks of tutoring before qualifying to exit the program.
  • 81% of students had a weekly growth rate above the their grade level target.
  • 83% of K-3 students completing participation who demonstrated improved academic performance.


  • A total of 72 PreK students participated in N.D. Reading Corps. Five tutors served in the PreK program.
  • Of students who will likely attend kindergarten the following year (Age 4 and 5), 77% demonstrated growth on four or more of the five measures, and 100% demonstrated growth on at least one measure: (Picture Naming, Alliteration, Rhyming, Letter Name Fluency, and Letter Sound Fluency).
  • 96% of PreK students completing participation demonstrated gains in literacy skills.


  • PreK and K-3 interventions were conducted with high degrees of fidelity (all with mean fidelity >90%) which means they were implemented as intended.
  • 100% of Internal Coaches reported that they would recommend Reading Corps to others in their network.
  • 97% of teachers responded that turos are a valuable component of their school's reading resources.

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