Educational Institutions

Reading Partners

Oakland, CA

Mission

Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students' reading skills. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. We engage community volunteers to provide one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level, helping students succeed in school and in life.

Ruling Year

2001

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Karine Apollon

Main Address

180 Grand Ave. Suite 800

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

Keywords

literacy,youth,children,students,reading,tutoring,school,education,mentor,school partnerships,curriculum,low-performing readers,low-performing schools,volunteers, volunteerism, volunteer

EIN

77-0568469

 Number

2003561731

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of Reading Partners students served

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, Reading Partners served 10,919 students.

Number of regions served

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, Reading Partners served students in 14 regions throughout the United States.

Number of volunteers engaged:

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, Reading Partners engaged 12,302 community volunteers.

Number of school partnerships

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, Reading Partners provided services in 212 partner schools throughout the nation.

Percent of all Reading Partners’ students will meet or exceed their primary, individualized end-of-year literacy growth goal:

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, 85% of all Reading Partners' students met or exceeded their primary, individual literacy growth goal.

Percent of all kindergarteners through second-graders who will master grade-appropriate foundational literacy skills, putting them on track to read at or above grade level by third grade:

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, 90% of all K-2 Reading Partners students are developing mastery of key foundational reading skills needed to read at grade level.

Percent of all third- and fourth-grade students who will demonstrate growth in reading scores compared to a national group of peers in the same grade:

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, 74% of all third- and fourth-grade students demonstrated growth in reading scores compared to a national group of peers in the same grade.

Percent of students who will show improvement in general academic behaviors, such as class participation and regular homework completion, as reported by teacher surveys:

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, 78% of students who showed improvement in general academic behaviors, such as class participation and regular homework completion, as reported by teacher surveys.

Percent of volunteer tutors who will report satisfaction with their experience, as measured by volunteer survey:

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, 95% of volunteer tutors reported satisfaction with their experience, as measured by volunteer survey.

Percent of teachers who will identify Reading Partners as a valuable asset to their school, as measured by surveys:

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, 100% of teachers identified Reading Partners as a valuable asset to their school, as measured by surveys.

Percent of principals who will report improved school-wide reading progress, as measured by surveys:

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Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

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In FY18, 94% of principals reported improved school-wide reading progress.

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the early literacy crisis in the United States. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. We enable students to move toward or achieve reading proficiency by helping them master key reading skills through data-informed, curriculum-driven, one-on-one volunteer tutoring. We mobilize communities to provide students in under-resourced schools with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. To support this effort, we recruit and train community volunteers to provide individualized instruction in Title I elementary schools to struggling readers.

In each of our partner schools, Reading Partners transforms a dedicated space into a reading center and recruits at least 50 volunteer tutors to serve 40 or more students. Our student-tutor pairs work together for 45 minutes twice per week following Reading Partners' curriculum, which is a series of research-based, structured lesson plans tailored to each student's particular needs and strengths as well as our strategic goals for student reading achievement. Our program is customized by grade level: for kindergarteners through second-graders, we focus on students' mastery of key foundational literacy skills; for third- and fourth-graders, we help students develop the complex literacy skills necessary to be on track for or at grade-level reading proficiency by the conclusion of the school year.

We engage communities in our work: Our model's success depends on the recruitment and training of community volunteers to provide individualized instruction in local elementary schools. For as little as one hour per week, Reading Partners offers community members the opportunity to inspire a student in reading. We use a proven program model: In one of the largest studies of its kind with a sample size of over 1,200 students, research firm MDRC found that our program model has positive impacts on three core indicators of literacy proficiency. Very few programs that have been rigorously evaluated at scale have been shown to improve reading outcomes for elementary school children. We individualize our program to meet students' needs: Ongoing assessments and one-on-one engagement with tutors helps tailor our curriculum to each student's strengths and areas for improvement. We continue to monitor progress throughout the year and adjust tutoring sessions based on each student's progress.

We assess students two to four times per year to monitor their progress toward pre-established grade-level achievement goals and to help advise tutors on how to best support their students. These ongoing assessments help tailor our curriculum to each student's strengths and areas for improvement. Reading Partners measures student-related outcomes using STAR Early Literacy (for kindergarten through second grade) and STAR Reading (for third- through fifth grade). These tools have been widely used in states across the country for the last decade and provide rigorous, dynamic, and skill-specific pictures of our students' growth and progress. Furthermore, we measure outcomes related to teacher, student, and principal satisfaction through Reading Partners-administered surveys. Data from each of these evaluation methods is collected and analyzed by our Research and Evaluation team, and the results aid organizational learning and program decision-making.

One of Reading Partners' preeminent accomplishments is achieving third-party validation of our program's effectiveness. Gold standard research conducted by MDRC, the nation's leading education research group, demonstrates that our program significantly improves core indicators of student literacy proficiency for a wide range of students. The study involved three rigorous components: a process study of implementation and fidelity across sites, an impact analysis, and a cost model analysis. The study shows that Reading Partners: (1) Ensures quality-controlled, consistent program implementation and is replicated with high fidelity. (2) Delivers high-impact, one-on-one reading instruction using a standardized curriculum that aligns with common core standards. (3) Acts as a resource multiplier to deliver effective, high-value, resource-rich literacy programming to schools and students.

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Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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