Only 15% of DC’s fourth graders from low-income families read proficiently in 2015, placing DC among the worst-performing cities in the country. But Reading Partners is dedicated to reversing the trend, providing its transformational literacy program at 19 Title I elementary schools across the District, reaching 925 young readers yearly. At each school, it creates a welcoming reading center stocked with books, and trains 40-100 community volunteers to provide one-on-one instruction following a research-based curriculum and with on-site support from a trained AmeriCorps member. Each young student has an Individualized Reading Plan, and regular assessments monitor and measure their progress – revealing impressive results. Last year, 94% of K-2 students mastered the foundational skills needed to read at grade level; and on average, third and fourth graders doubled their rate of learning. Your support opens books, and worlds, for so many.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic; Other
Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Schools They Work In: Bancroft Elementary School; Brightwood Education Campus; Center City - Capitol Hill; Center City - Shaw; Drew Elementary School; HD Cooke Elementary School; Harmony DC Public Charter School; Kimball Elementary School; Malcolm X Elementary School; Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School; Nalle Elementary School; Noyes Elementary School; Patterson Elementary School; Payne Elementary School; Potomac Preparatory Public Charter School; Seaton Elementary School; Wheatley Education Campus; Whittier Education Campus
Awards & Recognition
A randomized control trial conducted by MDRC, an independent policy research firm, found Reading Partners to have positive and statistically significant impacts on reading proficiency. The research has been accepted and highlighted by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC).
Reading Partners is a priority partner of the Empowering Males of Color initiative, DC Public Schools' effort to prepare males of color for college, careers, and beyond.
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