Frequently asked questions
How many kids will the project help?
200 Indigenous students from across Australia will take part in 2018.
When IS THE APPLICATION PERIOD?
The application process opens on 11 May and closes on 10 August 2018.
Are there eligibility requirements?
Applicants must be Indigenous students aged 8-16 years (Years 3-10) and be enrolled and regularly attending school.
How can PARENTS get involved?
Parents should read the 'What we do' page. They can then talk to their kids and their teacher about our e-reading program. If you like what we do you can all get together and work out if you want to apply. Please be aware if your child is selected for our program we will need your support and help to ensure your child has the best chance of succeeding.
How can teachers get involved?
Teachers help us identify kids for the program. They also help monitor students' progress over the 12 week program. If you are passionate about reading and you teach Indigenous students, please consider getting involved. You can read information on our website and talk to your students and parents about the program.
Does this add to TEACHERS' workload?
Yes. Teachers need to understand that there is additional work involved when participating in the program. Teachers initiate and submit applications. Teachers provide support to students during the program. They also provide advice to us about the student's reading skills at the start and end of the program. If you are concerned about extra work demands, please do not apply.
Will the project be evaluated?
Absolutely. Evaluation is central to the way we work. We need to understand our achievements as well as our mistakes.
What happens if the student doesn't use the tablet?
We have a "use it or lose it" policy. If students do not actively use the tablet for reading then it is returned to us. We then reallocate it to another student.
Are successful students rewarded?
Yes. At the end of 12 weeks tablets are awarded to students who have made a significant and measurable improvement in their reading achievement. In addition, we will give successful students ongoing access to our e-book library so they can continue to access great e-books.
Is this another welfare program?
No. We believe in capacity building. Our project is incentive based. We reward student effort and achievement.
Does it work?
Yes. Since 2012 over 900+ students from city, regional and bush schools have participated in the program with an 86% success rate. Our latest results from 2017 are strong with significant measurable improvements in reading effort and achievement. The average amount of time spent reading by our students increased 131%. Scores for reading fluency improved by 30% and reading comprehension scores improved by 36%.
Who are Indigenous Reading Project?
Do you have a fact sheet that I can download?
How can I find out the program schedule for 2019?
We announce the schedule for our program via email in term 1 of each school year. If you would like to be notified as soon as the schedule is available please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of our home page.
what are the key dates for the 2018 prograM?
- Selection process starts - FRIDAY 11 MAY and ends FRIDAY 10 AUGUST
- Successful students announced progressively from - FRIDAY 1 JUNE to FRIDAY 17 AUGUST
- Pre-testing commences progressively from - FRIDAY 1 JUNE to FRIDAY 24 AUGUST
- Tablets shipped to schools progressively from - FRIDAY 8 JUNE to FRIDAY 24 AUGUST
- Reading period starts progressively from - FRIDAY 13 JULY to FRIDAY 31 AUGUST
- Teacher/Parent check-in commence from - FRIDAY 20 JULY to FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER
- Reading Period ends progressively from - FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER to FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER
- Post-testing commences progressively from - FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER to FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER
- Successful students announced progressively from - FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER to FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER