Unique tutoring program propels hundreds of students to better test scores
Chula Vista program targets struggling students
Last Updated: 39 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The Chula Vista Elementary School District is touting the success of one of its unique programs.
The district introduced RiSE at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. RiSE stands for "Response to Intervention for Student Excellence." It places 1,000 students who tested at far below basic on the California Standardized Test with some the district's best teachers. Those teachers tutor and mentor the students a few additional hours every week.
"It was a tremendous success," said district spokesman Anthony Millican. "We've seen gains across the board."
Of the 1,000 students, more than half increased their test scores one level. More than 100 jumped up two levels on the tests.
Several students, including fifth grader Ruben Ramos, increased their scores from far below basic to advanced.
"He was a struggling student," said his second grade and current teacher Michael Esslinger. "He really struggled with math and English language arts."
"Well, it was hard," Ramos told 10News reporter Joe Little. "The teachers really helped me and made me think I could do better."
"Students need a caring adult in their lives, someone to give them that boost," said Millican.
Chula Vista, which is the largest elementary-only school district in the state, is just beginning the second year of its program.
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