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Innovative Tutoring Program Aims to Close Achievement Gap

The disruption in learning caused by the COVID pandemic is still being felt in many classrooms. The latest report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealed a sharp decline in math and reading scores among students across the country. It’s a national trend that has trickled into communities like Woodlawn, located on the South Side of Chicago.

“The pandemic has negatively affected our students at a higher magnitude than other students,” said Taryn Fears, youth outreach director for Sunshine Gospel Ministries, which was started by Moody Bible Church and is one of the leading providers of supplemental education services in Woodlawn. “Math and reading are essential building blocks that galvanize students in other activities. That’s why it’s important that we take preventative steps now to ensure all students have every opportunity to thrive.”

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