At For Love of Children, a nonprofit providing educational ser- vices to children in the District, we experience firsthand the enor- mous gaps in student skills reported in The Post ["Test Scores Move Little in Math, Reading; Improvement Appears Slight Since No Child Left Behind," news story, Oct. 20].

In September, we enrolled "Andre," a high school freshman, in our Neighborhood Tutoring Program. He read at a first-grade level. The District has thousands of students like Andre.

In 1994, long before the No Child Left Behind Act was passed, For Love of Children developed its tutoring program to help low-performing children gain grade-level reading and math skills.

At no cost to parents, the school system or the federal government, the program uses volunteers to reach hundreds of students each year with a back-to-basics curriculum.

For Love of Children's students gain an average of more than one year in reading and math skills in 22 hours of one-to-one instruction.

In 2000, to reach more D.C. students, our organization began training other nonprofits to administer the curriculum, recruit tutors and evaluate student progress.

Nonprofit agencies in the District believe that low-income students can achieve grade-level skills if they get the basics in place. We are proving this one child at a time.


Manager, Neighborhood Tutoring Program

For Love of Children