Reading Partners has been a part of the Dallas educational landscape since 2012, when we launched our program at George W. Truett Elementary School and Roger Q. Mills Elementary School and served 80 students. Since then, we’ve placed thousands of community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading. Our one-on-one tutoring empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student in our program.
The challenge in Dallas is significant. One of the most economically powerful cities in the world, the Dallas Metropolitan area has seen its demographics change rapidly. Today, nearly 50 percent of residents in Dallas are minorities. As the population has grown, so too has the income disparity. The Dallas Metropolitan area ranks in the top 10 among large U.S. cities in income disparity, and the literacy gap between low-income students and their more affluent counterparts is widening too. According to the results of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 16 percent of low-income fourth graders in Dallas are proficient readers for their grade-level.
Reading Partners believes that all children deserve the opportunity to succeed. Through our strong partnerships with Dallas ISD, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Commit!, and other key community partners, we’re working to ensure that all students in Dallas – no matter their background – have the opportunity to lead happy, healthy and successful lives.