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September 5, 2017

Reading Partners San Francisco Bay Delivers Strong 2016-17 Results and Calls for More Tutors This Year

For Immediate Release


Michelle Torgerson

Executive Director, Reading Partners San Francisco Bay Area

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The early literacy nonprofit looks for more community tutors in 2017-18

(Oakland, CA) September 5, 2017 — In the 2016-17 school year, Reading Partners continued to build on its history of successfully advancing early literacy in the San Francisco Bay Area region. A national nonprofit organization, Reading Partners collaborates with community volunteers and local public schools to provide students in under-resourced schools with the proven, individualized reading intervention they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. Reading Partners collaborates with teachers and principals at local public elementary schools to identify students reading behind grade level and provide them with personalized literacy instruction in a dedicated “reading center” space at their school.

2016-17 school year results were strong

Each year, Reading Partners issues student impact reports for the national organization and for each of its 14 respective regions across the country. The impact reports for the 2016-17 school year have recently been posted on and include the following highlights.

  • In the San Francisco Bay Area region:

    • 1,683 students were matched with 1,446 community volunteers at 34 partner schools who delivered a total of nearly 51,000 tutoring sessions over the course of the year.

    • Among Reading Partners’ youngest students in the San Francisco Bay Area, 85% mastered key foundational reading skills needed to read at grade level.

    • Based on survey responses, 86% of principals report improved school-wide reading progress, 99% of teachers report Reading Partners is valuable to their school and 92% of volunteers were satisfied with their Reading Partners experience.

    • Learn more about Reading Partners’ impact in the San Francisco Bay Area here.

    • Learn about Reading Partners’ national impact here.

“Literacy is a platform for all future learning. We are incredibly proud of the progress that students achieved last school, with 85% of students in grades K – 2 mastering skills needed to read at their grade level. By utilizing community volunteers in partnership with a rigorous curriculum, we are bringing much needed capacity for high impact one-to-one tutoring support to schools that are under-resourced.”

-Michelle Torgerson, Executive Director of Reading Partners San Francisco Bay Area

Calling all volunteers for the 2017-18 school year

Nationwide, only one in five low-income students is reading proficiently by the fourth grade. Tragically, this translates into nearly nine million low-income elementary school students who are unable to use reading as a foundational skill to power their learning in all other subjects in school. Reading is, quite simply, a necessary platform for all future learning. Without developing the reading skills needed to read on grade level, kids don’t have an equitable chance to succeed in school or in life. Students who can’t read by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school or not earn a high school diploma.

In the 2017-18 school year, Reading Partners aims to match 1,650 community tutors with 1,500 struggling readers in the San Francisco Bay Area. By tutoring a student one-on-one for as little as an hour a week, volunteers can make an impact that can quite literally alter the course of a child’s educational experience and life.

“I love volunteering with Reading Partners because I get to come into every session knowing that I’ll brighten her day and hopefully her future. It’s been the best experience!”

-Vita Solario-Fiedler, volunteer, Tenderloin Community

The impressive student results highlighted in the 2016-17 impact reports are made attainable by the generous participation of thousands of community volunteers, school and district partners, and philanthropic support. To become a volunteer with Reading Partners, please visit today.



About Reading Partners
Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. Since its founding, the national nonprofit organization has provided proven, individualized literacy tutoring to nearly 45,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia. Visit, or connect with us on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook, to learn more.

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