Academic Needs in Taos County*
• In the American population, 1 in 5 students are estimated to have some type of language based learning disability.
• 1 in 10 students has some degree of dyslexia.
• Only 39% of 8th graders are proficient in math in the 8th grade in Taos.
• Only 45% of 4th graders are proficient in reading in the 4th grade in Taos .
• The high school graduation rate is 79%.
• The graduation rate of economically disadvantaged students is 71%.
• Almost 48% of Taos County children live in single parent households.
• 36% of children live below the poverty line (2010).
• 47% of families in Taos County lack secure employment (2010).
• 42% of those living below the poverty line were under 18 years of age.
• 38% of the population of over 25 year-olds have not attended college.
• 27.9 % of students in Taos County report feeling sad or hopeless on a continual basis.
• Only 50.9 % of adolescents report knowing a trusted adult in their community.
Embudo Valley Tutoring Association seeks to empower children in poverty and children with academic challenges in achieving academic success by offering free or sliding scale tutoring services. Students in either situation can easily become discouraged through the lack of resources available to address their specific needs. Without proper intervention, these students can run the risk of failing to pursue academic and career goals that reflect their talents. The organization partners with both school teachers and parents to best address the needs of the student. Through the organization, tutors receive specialized training to help them support students with learning disabilities. Tutors work with students on a one on one basis and develop personal relationships with them, often becoming mentors in the process. Today’s help is provided with the knowledge that the tutors are helping to lay a foundation of empowerment and skills within each student. Embudo Valley Tutoring Association strives to support students in need to become the leaders, responsible parents, and informed citizens of our future communities.
*Stats retrieved from Taos County Community Health Profile NM Kids Count/ NM Voices for Children: NM Dept of Health, 2014