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 skills. 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 North Texas is significant. One of the most economically powerful cities in the world, the north Texas area has seen its demographics change rapidly. Today, nearly 50 percent of residents in north Texas are minorities. As the population has grown, so too has the income disparity. According to the results of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 16 percent of low-income fourth graders in Texas are proficient readers for their grade-level.
Reading Partners believes that all children deserve the opportunity to succeed. Through our strong partnerships with school districts, including Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Uplift, and KIPP, as well as community partners such as the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Commit!, and the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, we’re working to ensure that all students in north Texas – no matter their background – have the opportunity to lead happy, healthy, and successful lives.
Watch our executive director talk more about Reading Partners North Texas here.