Early Literacy Should Be a Top Priority for Every District
Reading at grade-level by 3rd grade is the foundation of success in school, careers, and life. Most California districts aren't making the grade - 58% of 3rd graders are below grade level, including 75% of low-income students of color.
Your district can change this! By making early literacy a top priority and putting proven practices to work, you can move the needle for student success for all students.
Literacy Can't Wait!
Why is early literacy so critical?
70% of prison inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.
How does your district compare?
See where your District stands with student reading achievement.
See where you rank - overall and by county. Even in top-ranked districts, over half of low-income students are below grade level.
See your individual school performance. "Red dots" mean schools with serious reading deficiencies.
What Can You Do About It?
Here are some fundamental steps District Leaders can take to move the needle on Early Literacy.
Want more ideas or to talk about yours? Contact us at info@CAReads.org
Educate Your Team on Early Literacy
Emily Hanford's blockbuster reports on reading instruction for American Public Media
EdSource's year-long series on California's Reading Dilemma
Education Week's 2019 series on Getting Reading Right
NY Times coverage of the "Mississippi Reading Miracle:" In Mississippi, a Broad Effort to Improve Literacy Is Yielding Results
Board Review of Reading Program & Results
Get your leadership and community up to speed with a review, study session, or even town hall on your district's early literacy program. Find out what's happening and put a spot light on the results.
Board Resolution & Goals for Student Achievement
Boards set the district's priorities. Make early literacy your top priority and set goals for the Superintendent and team to achieve.
Model early literacy board resolution and goals
Check out these literacy plan examples: