Reading is the Gateway to Learning
A comprehensive reading intervention policy that begins in kindergarten and ensures that students are prepared for success before moving on to fourth grade.
Children begin their education journey by learning to read, but there is a shift in expectations come fourth grade. By that point, students are expected to use basic reading skills to read to learn. The ability to read opens doors and opportunities each child deserves. Students who are not reading on grade level by the end of third grade are at severe risk of falling further behind. In fact, students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, and African-American and Hispanic students are six times more likely to drop out, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
ExcelinEd’s comprehensive K-3 Reading policy is designed to ensure all students enter fourth grade with the foundational reading skills they need to learn, graduate and succeed.
Recent Early Literacy News and Blogs
- Happy 50th NAEP-iversary – You’ve come a long way, baby!
- #FactFriday: AP Computer Science participation on the rise – including for female and minority students
- State Spotlight: The Road to Early Literacy Improvements in Mississippi
- It’s National Punctuation Day… – ?;’.(!)
- #FactFriday: There are more than 215,000 unfilled IT support jobs in the U.S.
- #FactFriday: Reading proficiency up 16 percentage points in the Magnolia State.
- #AskExcelinEd: Are comprehensive early literacy policies more than just ‘retention policies’?
- #FactFriday: Students who read 30 minutes a day will encounter 13.7 million words by graduation
- The Science of Reading: Highlights from a briefing to the House Dyslexia Caucus
- Alabama Policymakers Explore How to Increase Early Literacy Proficiency