Those who have been involved with the GLP and our partner NGO, Cooperative for Education, know that we are committed to evaluating our programs, as evaluation data helps us understand our programs’ impact and allows us to continually improve them. After 10 years of implementing and evaluating the Spark Reading Program, in 2018 we were able to conduct a randomized control trial evaluation—the gold standard in program evaluation—so that we could have more confidence in the positive results we’d seen in less rigorous evaluation designs.

The results are in, and we are very proud to announce that our intervention is working! Over the course of one school year, Spark students gained more than two times as much in reading comprehension as the control group. Because of Spark, almost twice as many 2nd graders learned to read fluently by the end of the school year. Click here to read on for the full report.