Reading Partners

Rating: 4.91 stars   32 reviews


180 Grand Avenue Suite 800 Oakland CA 94612 USA


We envision a future in which all children in this nation have the reading skills they need to reach their full potential. Reading Partners is committed to helping children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.


Reading Partners is focused on data and results. We are dedicated to ensuring that every investment made in the success of our students leads to a measurable increase in reading skills. During the 2011-12 school year: • 89% of students accelerated their progress in reading. • 73% of students ended the year closer to grade level than when they started school. • 78% of students who began the year with low self-confidence demonstrated increased confidence by year’s end. • 97% of principals noted school-wide progress in reading.

Target demographics:

students who are reading six months to two-and-a-half years below grade level

Geographic areas served:

low-income schools across the country


We recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students by following a structured, research-based curriculum.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Having been involved in education as a school administrator, education attorney, state legislator, and school board member, it is exciting to see an evidence-based program like Reading Partners that is making strong, measurable gains in closing the early childhood reading proficiency gap. It is an excellent example of a scalable, cost-efficient program that can make a significant impact on the academic success of the students who participate and it also makes for such a rewarding experience for the volunteers who sign-up to help the students. I have had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer Reading Partners' tutor and to also observe the program first-hand in a number of different cities across the country, and I was so impressed with the gains being made at every Reading Partners' school site I visited.

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Reading Partners is dedicated to providing a high quality and high impact program for community volunteers and students --and Reading Partners succeeds!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched Reading Partners in Charleston, SC transform kids' behavior and their ability to read. They significantly decrease the achievement gap. My most memorable moment is having a student who would barely speak to me my first day of tutoring turn into a talkative and confident young lady by the end of the year.

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While I have only been tutoring a short while, I already look forward to my tutoring session every week. My student is so excited to learn and she shows me every week that she wants to succeed. I'm thrilled to see that with each session she is building confidence. It's hard to imagine what my student would do without Reading Partners.

I HIGHLY recommend this program as a volunteer opportunity. I was nervous to start at first but could not be happier now that I am a reading partner.

The program is made all the better by it's evidence based curriculum and close monitoring of students' progress. Reading Partners truly works!

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Reading Partners is an amazing program that targets the critical stage in reading between K-3rd grade where once you fall behind it becomes extremely hard to succeed in future grades, in high school and further in life. The tutors are a joy to watch, working one-on-one with students teaching them the joy of reading and exciting the students to no end. What a joy to watch children find happiness in learning.

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want the organization to serve in all 50 states!

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