Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. Reading Partners works in Title I elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 1 month to 2.5 years below grade-level. Community volunteers are trained to work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum.
Results for Carthay students in the Reading Partners program in 2014-2015 are summarized HERE.
- 84% of participating students accelerated their rate of learning.
- 56% of participating students narrowed their achievement gap.
- On average, students in the program improved their reading skills 12% faster than the normal rate of improvement (1.12 months of reading skills per month in the program).
Based on a data analysis of the impact of the program, Reading Partners has identified their "target population" as students in Kinder-4th grade who do not have an IEP (students with an IEP are usually already receiving additional, more individualized services delivered by a trained expert who has more impact than community volunteers that participate in Reading Partners). Students who are not in the target population may also participate in the program if volunteers are available, and, in the case of students with IEPs, if the teacher, principal, and resource specialist agree the program would be a good fit for the student.
Students are generally referred to Reading Partners by their teacher. If you believe your child would benefit from Reading Partners, the first step should be to speak to your child's teacher.
If you would like to be a Reading Partner volunteer at Carthay, you can sign up by filling out this form. Select Carthay from the drop-down menu.
Carthay's Homework Academy offer students who are not making progress in a particular subject one-on-one help after school on Tuesdays and Thursday. These academies, taught by parent and community volunteers, help build skills and deepen student learning.
If you would like to be a volunteer in Carthay's Homework Academy, please write parent Sarah Hooks. There is no long-term commitment necessary.