Does Lead to Read really work?  

The Readers, teachers,and students from the 1st Grade Class at the Academy for Integrated Arts think it works….

Why? Because the test scores showed remarkable improvement from September to May for first graders at AFIA.

Grade level improvement only comes through the combined effort of all the stakeholders in a school, and while you can’t say, “Lead to Read” was “the” reason for improvement, it is obvious that the Readers made an impact.

That’s why people are volunteering to read.. because they can make a significant difference by giving just 35 lunch hours/year  to a first grader.  GO READERS !!!!


While Reading test scores are important, the “ATTITUDE” that children have towards reading is just as critical.  With the data showing that many kids don’t get beyond a 3rd or 4th grade reading level that grow up in the urban core, it is important that kids enjoy to learn to “LOVE TO READ”.  Part of Lead to Read’s core research is to see how much of an impact a READER can have on a student by helping children them enjoy the reading experience.  We test children each fall with the “GARFIELD SURVEY” and then again at the end of the school year to see what has changed — the attitude factor.   At AFIA, not only did kids scores improve… but their attitudes improved as well.

Click on the attitude survey link  below to see how Lead to Read has impacted kids at AFIA…. GO AFIA kids…. Love to Read.

Garfield Attitude Survey – AFIA



“Our first grade class just took the NWEA, a computerized reading & math assessment. It tracks the growth of each student during the year. Our class average for reading in the fall was a 151, which is a pre-kindergarten score. I’m happy to tell you that our class average is now 162, which is on 1st grade level! Please know that you ARE making a difference for these students. They have grown in confidence and are stronger, happier readers because of you.”

Watch Video: Ms. Wyllie on Reading Skill Improvement

Ms. Wyllie was the lead teacher for Lead to Read at DTA in the Spring of 2011 and for the 2011-2012 school year.


SUCCESS Story:  KCMO School District

Lead to Read has developed a partnership with the KCMO School District and works closely with the district to coordinate Lead to Read in schools recommended by the district .

Here’s what Karen Grover – Coordinator of Partners in Education for the KCMO School District  – has to say about Lead to Read:

Q. Why are schools in your school district involved with Lead to Read?


A. I like the idea of every child in a classroom receiving reading support. Another important component was including the classroom teacher in the planning and orientation of the volunteers. This assures alignment with classroom instruction.

Q. What’s different about Lead to Read compared to other reading programs?

A. One key difference is that all students receive reading support at the very same time. It is inclusive; every student is supported. This inclusiveness is important in classrooms with high mobility among students.”