Our Strategic Plan
Creating Systemic Change
Expanding and deepening community impact
Over the next ten years, Reading Partners is focused on increasing national literacy achievement for low-income students by scaling and innovating evidence-based interventions in communities across the country.
This national movement will start by affecting deep, systemic change within specific school districts. Key strategies include scaling and improving our current “core” program, partnering with other organizations to expand our impact, and testing and implementing new pilot programs.
By demonstrating deep and measurable impact across several school districts, we can show what’s possible and begin to replicate this strategy in communities across the US to eventually reach the nearly 9 million students reading behind grade level.
Reading Partners thinks about growth in several ways, but our guiding principle is that we have a high degree of impact with as many students as possible.
The first way we grow is through opening a new region in a specific geography. To make this happen we build strong partnerships and engagement with school districts and private philanthropy. Typically we begin service in 4-10 schools in a new region and then continue to grow from there.
Prior to entering a new region, we conduct a landscape analysis to ensure strong volunteer recruitment and sustainability over multiple years. We are also looking at additional innovative program models to reach even more students.
Reading Partners pilots and examines new initiatives each year to ensure we are continuing to raise the bar on what is possible. We acknowledge that it takes many entities coming together around a common purpose to move the needle on reading proficiency, and to that end Reading Partners is committed to strategic partnerships in order to accomplish this important work.
New Research Underway
Reading Partners consistently develops and improves data collection and reporting systems. Our annual evaluation activities ensure an evidence-based program model that generates positive student impacts with high fidelity. We collaborate with national, regional, and local staff to support program activities and report on outcomes so that every student in the program has the opportunity to improve their reading achievement.
Nationally, 8.7 million low-income students in kindergarten through 5th grade are not proficient in reading — the equivalent of the entire populations of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and Atlanta. If students do not receive effective interventions early, as in kindergarten through 2nd grade, the less likely they are to ever become grade-level readers. With proper evidence-based interventions in the early grades, children can become average or better readers. Every state in the nation has large percentages of students who are unable to read at grade level.
Early childhood literacy is a national issue that will directly impact the future economic well-being and vitality of all of our communities and our country as a whole, and it will take our elected officials and community leaders at all levels to implement strategies that will result in significantly better reading achievement levels. Through its national leadership on the issue, Reading Partners is influencing states and other governmental bodies to support evidence-based literacy interventions so more youth across the nation can have access to supports required to be proficient in reading by fourth grade.
Download our full policy platform to learn more about the policies we support to improve early childhood literacy.