Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for answers to questions frequently asked by our administrators. If you have any additional questions about the Reading Rescue program, please contact us here.

What is Literacy Trust?

Literacy Trust is the nonprofit organization whose signature program is Reading Rescue. As a partner of Literacy Trust, our staff will provide professional development and support to your school staff, so they can successfully implement Reading Rescue into your school. You can learn more about Literacy Trust by visiting our website at

How can we get Reading Rescue into our school?

For more information on getting Reading Rescue into your school, please contact us either through our contact page, or email with your school name and contact information.

How much does this program cost?

As a partner of Literacy Trust, the first two years of the program are fully funded through private donors and grants through a variety of foundations. After two years, the program will cost a nominal fee each year for continuing oversight and guidance from Literacy Trust staff.

What materials are provided to my school?

Your school will receive one full set of leveled books and each instructor will receive an instructor kit.

How do I get additional or replacement materials?

If you require additional or replacement materials, please reach out to your assigned Program Manager.

Do you serve students with special needs?

All below grade-level students are eligible for Reading Rescue. We currently serve students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and with English as a New Language (ENL) designations. However, our instructors are neither special education certified nor TESOL certified through our professional development. Therefore, Reading Rescue does not qualify as a federally mandated service offering. Reading Rescue is an intervention model using research-based strategies that can qualify as tier two or tier three Response to Intervention (RtI) depending on the other intervention options in your school setting.

Do you serve ENLs/ELLs?

While the Reading Rescue program is not designed specifically for ELL students, it does incorporate vocabulary and oral language development as well as graphics designed to support students with limited English proficiency. We recommend that ENL/ELL students have basic proficiency in spoken English (Level 3 proficiency - Speech Emergence) and some experience in reading in English before being selected. It is important the student has developed letter name recognition, concepts of print, phonemic awareness, and some decoding ability prior to starting Reading Rescue in order to be successful in tutoring sessions.

What RTI level of support does Reading Rescue provide?

Reading Rescue is a one-on-one intensive intervention, which can qualify as a tier two or tier three Response to Intervention (RtI) depending on the other intervention options in your school setting. However, our program does not provide evaluations for IEPs, nor is our program federally mandated. Therefore, we are often considered a tier two intervention program, similar to an AIS offering.

Which students should I select for Reading Rescue?

First graders are eligible for Reading Rescue if they are below-grade level. At the start of the school year, we recommend using end of year data from kindergarten to determine the ideal candidates for Reading Rescue. Students who ended kindergarten reading at a Fountas and Pinnell level B are the ideal candidates for Reading Rescue in first grade. These students are below grade level with some letter/sound and basic sight word knowledge.

Can we use this for third graders (or above)?

The Reading Rescue program was originally designed for 1st graders. All research done on the program was conducted with sample students who were 1st graders. However, while not recommended, we currently serve and have adapted the program to work with 2nd and 3rd graders. Speak with your Program Manager for guidance on how to adapt the program to fit your specific school needs.

How many students can be served by a Reading Rescue instructor each year?

The number of students served by each of your instructors will depend on how much time they have each day to tutor. Generally, an instructor will be able to tutor one student each semester (Fall and Spring) for a total of two students each year.

How do I track my students’ progress in the program?

You will receive a data report from your Program Manager biweekly. This report tracks the number of sessions, the student’s beginning and current reading level, the session attendance percentage, and reasons tutoring did not take place. Your program manager will highlight the successes and opportunity areas for your specific students and instructors.

How many sessions does a student need to graduate?

Reading Rescue sessions last as long as individual students need to reach grade-level proficiency. Therefore, some students may need more sessions while others may need fewer sessions. Based on a research study by Ehri, Dreyer, Flugman, & Gross (2007), when teachers conduct sessions, the average number of sessions needed is 45-50. When paraprofessionals conduct the tutoring sessions, the average number of sessions is 50-55. Full study details can be found under the "Research" tab of our website.

What happens when a student finishes the program?

When a student has reached grade level standards, the instructor will ease the child out with a series of post instruction assessments to gauge the student’s growth in various literacy skills (such as phonological and phonetic awareness). With the new skills learned in the tutoring sessions, the student will be better equipped to continue growing in the full classroom setting.

Why are we assigned a Program Manager?

When you partner with Literacy Trust, one of our staff members will be assigned to support you and your school. Your program manager will provide oversight of data collection to ensure students are on target to reach grade level reading, as well as provide one-on-one support to your instructors. Our program managers are experts in the Reading Rescue curriculum and are well-read on current literacy research and best practices. Your program manager will help support and coach your team, so they can provide effective tutoring to students in the program and to bring literacy practices to the broader school community (such as the full classroom setting).

What is a Program Coordinator and how do I choose them?

Your Program Coordinator is a member of your staff who will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Reading Rescue in your school. It is recommended that you choose someone who has exemplary leadership skills in your building, as they will be overseeing your Reading Rescue team. This person should be able to tutor a student each day, have the capacity to meet with Literacy Trust staff approximately four times a year, and keep your administration informed on the program. You can read more about recommendations here.

How do I decide which of my staff should be trained in Reading Rescue?

The professional development program is designed for any school staff member regardless of their teaching background (teachers, paraprofessionals, specialists, etc). Reading Rescue instructors must have 45 minutes available each day to tutor a student and have the capacity to attend 10 full-day (8:30am-2:30 pm) professional development sessions over two school years. We recommend choosing someone who can build literacy capacity within your school and is likely to commit to contributing to your school community for the long-term.