Third grade is a critical year when children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Reading proficiency by the 3rd grade is one of the most important predictors of future academic achievement, high school graduation and career success, yet many NWLA children are missing this crucial milestone. Literacy disparities during the early grades are linked to persistent achievement gaps. Students who are not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers.
Collaborative Action Projects:
- Recruit and trained literacy volunteers for third-graders in 23 schools in Bossier, Caddo and DeSoto parishes
- Provid parent education through “Parents Raising Winners” classes in pilot schools
- Distribute literacy backpacks to Title I students in Bossier, Caddo and DeSoto parishes to encourage summer reading
- Install Little Free Libraries™ in public health clinics to promote literacy