Aspire!'s flagship Learning ROCKS! Program supports upper-elementary students' general academic achievement and social-emotional development, placing a heavy emphasis on helping students to develop both their reading skills and a love of reading.
Reading proficiency at the end of 3rd grade is strongly correlated with high school graduation and future success, according to a 2014 report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation which determined that “failure to read proficiently is linked to higher rates of school dropout which suppresses individual earning potential.”
Toward that end, Aspire! commits to achieving the same outstanding results that have been benchmarked in the past three years, with at least 90% of students improving their reading instructional levels. In fact, in the last school year, 95% of students improved their reading. More critically, 63% of English Language Learners made significant gains in their English proficiency this year.