Read Fort Worth Deepens Partnership with Mayor Parker and FWISD to Ensure New Federal Funding Accelerates Student Learning

(FORT WORTH, TX) – With historic and unprecedented funding to public schools from the federal Covid-19 recovery plans, Read Fort Worth (Read FW), Fort Worth ISD (FWISD), and the City of Fort Worth affirmed their commitment to accelerating students beyond the academic performance metrics achieved prior to the Covid-19 pandemic through a new data sharing partnership.

An essential component of this partnership is the data sharing agreement between FWISD and Read FW that provides formative metrics to catalyze improved outcomes for children through in-depth data analysis and identification of effective practices. Read FW serves as an impartial, third-party data team that highlights progress and mobilizes cross-sector community partners to action. Read FW and FWISD will deepen this partnership to include strategies implemented with federal Covid-19 recovery funding. The data sharing partnership will be one step towards leveraging this generational opportunity to demonstrate fiscal responsibility to the Fort Worth community and define what is really takes to accelerate learning for all children.

“Read Fort Worth is answering the call for what is happening in our schools,” commented City of Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker. “The partnership between Read Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD is essential to boosting confidence in our public education system so that parents, community partners, stakeholders, and business leaders know that there is an education expert that is independent of the district who is committed to data transparency, fiscal responsibility, understanding the entire context within which the data exists, and moving from awareness of the crisis to student-centered action.”

Read FW currently receives internal Fort Worth ISD data metrics and established a set of data sharing guiding principles that defines how we use data to drive academic improvement. The guiding principles of the data partnership include a commitment to using data to build trust, boosting confidence through transparency, celebrating what is working, identifying areas of improvement, and mobilizing to action by collaborating with cross-sector partners on solutions.

“FWISD remains committed to our partnership with Read FW and their role in promoting the importance of early literacy for all of our current and future FWISD students,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.   “The impact of the pandemic has shown us that it is a critical time for our students, and we have a community-wide responsibility to all do our part.”


About Read Fort Worth

Read Fort Worth analyzes data to highlight effective instructional practices, identify opportunities for greater improvement, and scale effective practices to meet students where they are through Opportunity and Quality Initiatives. Our Opportunity Initiatives connect community partners with effective practices to increase access to education opportunities. Read Fort Worth builds capacity by providing a toolkit of effective literacy practices to all community partners and all site locations, this year including 17 community partners serving 5,100 students across 143 locations. Our Quality Initiatives are a direct response to addressing the problem at scale. These initiatives seek to implement system-level solutions that are only possible in strong partnership with public school systems. For more information, http://www.ReadFortWorth.org.