Third Grade Reading
Students who are able to read proficiently by third grade have a much greater chance for later school success, while students who have not achieved reading proficiency are at much greater risk of later school failure and dropping out.† Focusing on increasing third grade reading proficiency is a powerful strategy for reducing the achievement gap.
- Campaign for Grade Level Reading
The Campaign is a collaborative effort by dozens of funders across the nation to: close the gap in reading achievement that separates many low-income students from their peers; raise the bar for reading proficiency so that all students are assessed by world-class standards; and ensure that all children, including and especially children from low-income families, have an equitable opportunity to meet those higher standards.
- Issue Briefs
- City of San Josť Community Solution Action Plan to Increase Third Grade Reading Proficiency —
The City of San Josť, in collaboration with representatives from the Santa Clara County Office of
Education, First 5 Santa Clara, United Way of Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Alum
Rock School District, Kids in Common, SJ Parks and Recreation Department, SJ Library, SJ Smart Start, and
YMCA, developed a community plan to address school readiness, chronic absenteeism, and summer learning loss.†
This plan was submitted for consideration for the 2012 All American City Award and for membership in
the All American City Grade Level Network.
- Why Reading by the End of Third Grade
This powerful report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation details the high risk for negative outcomes of low-income children who are not proficient in reading by 3rd grade and outlines strategies to support 3rd grade reading proficiency.
Date last updated: March 16, 2012