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Add your name to urge lawmakers to invest in early literacy and ensure all Massachusetts children have a fair chance in life.
Massachusetts may rank first in the nation in education, but despite this, far too many of our students can’t read proficiently.
43% of Massachusetts students are not reading at grade-level by the end of third grade. Even more concerning, 60% of poor students, 60% of Black students, 64% of Latino students, and 67% of English Language Learner students are not reading at grade-level by the end of 3rd grade.
Students who can’t read at grade-level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than their peers to drop out of school.
The greatest impact for ensuring student success lies in a strong partnership among parents, teachers, and schools.
It is crucial that parents are informed about the status of their children’s educational progress and that teachers and schools receive the financial resources and other support they need, including valid assessments, instructional programming that is proven to be effective, and training and professional development programs, to effectively teach the science of reading, assess students’ achievement, and enable each student to achieve the grade-level expectations for reading.
About the program:
About the program:
We are proposing a strategically targeted multi-year plan to dramatically improve 3rd grade reading proficiency. Our policy will include measures for Prevention, Student Identification, Student Interventions and Support, and Educator Support.
For kids, this means:
- More reading coaches and reading interventionists in high-need schools
- Better literacy curriculum and aligned teacher training
- Reduction of chronic absenteeism (a key driver of low levels of literacy)
- Finding struggling readers early (K-1st grade)
- Developing a plan within 45 days to support struggling readers
- Summer literacy classes
- View the legislation filed: An Act relative to early literacy education