Stagebridge Program Raises Student Test Scores


A recent study from Berkeley’s Data Driven Decisions found that a storytelling program involving older adults and economically disadvantaged children had significant improvements on the children’s language art skills and test scores. Stagebridge, the first theatre company for older adults based in Oakland, California, launched the “Storybridge Listening and Speaking Program” in 2004. The program brought seniors into San Francisco classrooms to assist students in comprehension, writing, performing, and other activities. The study concluded that students who participated in the program improved their reading and writing skills as well as their scores on standardized tests.