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January 12, 2004, Extra Credit
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January 12, 2004
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"I Have Seen a Lot of Progress"

As part of the bipartisan No Child Left Behind law, low-income children in schools that do not meet state-defined benchmarks for three years become eligible for supplemental services such as free tutoring. Following are excerpts from "Program Ensures Kids Free Tutoring," an article from the Dec. 30 edition of the Albuquerque Journal:

"A free tutoring program for students in low-performing schools may be one of Albuquerque Public Schools' best-kept secrets. But APS officials say they don't want it to be that way. ... 'I think it's a great thing,' APS assistant superintendent Diego Gallegos said Monday of the tutoring. 'Now if we can just get more kids accessing the services, I think it can really make a big difference.'"

"Delfina Garcia immediately signed her twin fourth-graders up for the program after getting a letter from La Luz Elementary. The two, Ashley and Jonathan, didn't fare too well during their first standardized tests last year and Ashley's first quarter report card said she needed help in reading. Garcia was given a list of companies APS is working with and chose one that offered one-on-one tutoring. Twice a week, Patricia Carisella, a graduate student with a master's degree in education from Harvard, spends an hour at the kitchen table with each child. She recently brought a sack of coins for counting, an atlas to research ancient Egypt, and children's books chosen for each child's interests. 'A one-on-one situation really provides him (Jonathan) with that net of support, and helps us tackle the issue step by step,' Carisella said. Carisella also speaks with Ashley and Jonathan's classroom teachers on areas of concern. Ashley recently scored 100 percent on a math test and Jonathan is showing more motivation to read. 'I have seen a lot of progress,' said Garcia, who said she wouldn't be able to afford private tutoring for her children without the No Child Left Behind Act."

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