Reading by the end of third grade is widely acknowledged as a critical milestone for all students. It makes sense--success in later grades and other subjects all depends on a strong foundation in basic literacy skills.
Honestly, we have work to do in Colorado. 61% of Colorado students in fourth grade scored below proficient on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment. Despite passionately committed educators and a strong law – The Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act of 2012 – we are not adequately preparing enough of our young readers.
Our team has been studying what we can do to improve early literacy in Colorado and better support educators who are responsible for teaching reading. We have found that there are some changes that can be implemented right now, and our new report outlines three key recommendations. We have been working closely with the Colorado Department of Education and the State Board of Education to advance these recommendations.
At Stand for Children Colorado, we are passionately committed to ensuring that every Colorado student is proficiently reading by the time they enter 4th grade, so they are set up for success throughout their educational careers. Learn more about our work supporting early litearcy here.