Legal Applicant: Reading Partners
Reading Partners' (RPs) mission is to help children become lifelong readers by providing individualized instruction with measurable results with the hope that one day all children will have the reading skills to reach their full potential. Reading Partners recruits and trains community volunteers to provide individualized instruction in local elementary schools to students whose reading skills have fallen below grade level.
Reading Partners respectfully requests $226,771 annually from Senior Corps over 3 years to recruit and support a total of 633 RSVP volunteers. RSVP volunteers will support the Education National Performance Measure by tutoring at least 2700 K-5 struggling readers from under-resourced elementary schools in San Francisco and Alameda County over the 2012-15 grant cycle.
According to the California Standards Test assessment, only 38% of 3rd graders from low-income communities in San Francisco are reading at grade level, only 33% in Alameda County. Harnessing the power of community service, RP empowers tutors with a multi-level, research-based curriculum developed in partnership with the Stanford University School of Education. Of the 720 San Francisco and Alameda County students RP served in 2011-12, 89% improved their achievement in reading, and on average, students gained 1.6 months of reading skills for every month in the program. Fundamentally, the Reading Partners model works.