Narrowing the Third-Grade Reading Gap Resource Center

Narrowing the Third-Grade Reading Gap Resource Center

Students becoming proficient readers by third grade is one of the most important milestones in K-12 education as it marks the critical transition between learning to read and reading to learn. After this point, the ability to read becomes essential to successful learning in all other subjects.

Three-fourths of all students who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade will never reach full proficiency in future grades. These students are also less likely to attend college and to find living wage jobs later in life. It is clear that learning to read is a critical step in students’ development that helps set them up for successful futures. But it is not always clear to educators how to ensure that students reach this critical milestone.

Our District Leadership Forum has researched this topic thoroughly and has uncovered that science provides a blueprint for effective reading instruction. Explore the below research, tools, and resources to help you pursue the strategies and systems needed to address the reading skill gap.

Research & Insights

Early readers must develop certain parts of the brain and build connections between brain areas that were not connected before. Our infographic, created for the elementary classroom, presents a simplified depiction of how our brains learn to read.

Strong summer programming can narrow the achievement gap in reading. This toolkit is designed to help districts attract and enroll students in summer programming who are struggling to read and maximize the benefits of the programming through strong attendance rates all summer long.

Most districts use broad grouping metrics, such as reading levels, to organize students for small group reading instruction. However, students with similar reading levels often have very different needs.

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