Volunteer reading programs have NOT been shown to improve student reading
scores. Children who struggle with reading - decoding or fluency - don't
improve by just reading with someone - they normally need a structured
intervention to focus in on the problem and remedy it. So although reading with
volunteers may be a good thing, if it takes away instructional time (which it
does if it is conducted during the school day) where students could be getting
targeted intervention, it is a detriment instead of a help.
Perhaps Ms. Mills works in Canyons or has been a volunteer. Many people work
in one city and live in another. This is something the school board needs to
be aware of.
The letter writer's address is in the Jordan School District. Why not let
other school districts run their own programs the way that they think best meets
the needs of their students?