According to surveys by the Department of Health, students not reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.
Within the Dixon and Velarde schools, 59% & 70% of 3rd graders are not proficient in reading, and 70% & 90% are not proficient in math (Espanola District Report Card, 2017).
In Taos County the proficiency rate for 4th graders is only 22% for reading and 16% for math and 32% of children in Taos County live at or below the poverty level. (Taos Municipal Schools Report Card, NM PED, 2017).
By providing tutoring during the school day, EVTA is reaching children in the early formative years, when we can still make a difference.
EVTA continues to refine its role in rural communities as an agent of educational support and growth for vulnerable children (see target clients below). Tutors assume the role of instructor, mentor, and friend as they guide children to meet both school set and personal learning goals. EVTA provides its services during school hours and at school sites, to minimize the burden of transportation on families. Further, the organization provides after school tutoring for elementary and middle –school students at local libraries and works with the Embudo Valley Library to operate an after-school enrichment program.
EVTA provides tutoring services in Dixon/Embudo, Velarde (Rio Arriba County) and Des Montes (Taos County). 86 percent of our tutoring hours are delivered in rural Rio Arriba County. Specificaly, in 2018 EVTA tutored students at Dixon and Velarde Elementary Schools in Rio Arriba County and Anansi Charter School (k-8 in Des Montes, Taos County)
EVTA is the only organization in this rural area providing free and subsidized, regular, year-round tutoring services to local youth during and after the school day. It is the only organization to offer dyslexia therapy to children with reading disabilities free of charge to those with financial need.
Additionally, EVTA assumes a role recruiting and training tutors to provide appropriate therapy and support to children with learning disabilities through the Sounds in Syllables Language Therapy program, The Wilson Language Program and through professional development collaborations with the Anansi Charter School Special Education Department.