Third Grade Reading

The 3rd-grade change action network reviews current data and research to understand the barriers students face and existing strategies that are demonstrating uncommon success. The goal is to identify a few key “bright spots” that business, philanthropy and our school districts can scale up to dramatically improve literacy in our region. Supporting school districts is at the center of this work.

We believe this is a unique opportunity to sit down and discuss the barriers to early grade literacy with our peers in metro Atlanta. If you are interested in getting engaged, please this form to be included in future discussions.

Core Indicator
Percent of third-graders passing English-Language Arts state standards.

Every third-grader is proficient or above grade level in English-Language Arts.

Only 40 percent of children are reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Why It Matters
Students who do not read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.

For more detailed information, see our Baseline Report.

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