In 2011, 68% of Georgia's fourth-graders were not reading proficiently, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center. Without strong reading skills, these children are at risk of poor academic outcomes, including not graduating from high school. Public and private leaders from across Georgia refuse to accept the status quo.
As such, they are joining with the Georgia Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to develop a detailed action plan to get every child in the state reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Over the next two months, leaders from across the state will explore the barriers to student achievement and look for opportunities to increase literacy levels.
The campaign is building on statewide efforts such as Gov. Nathan Deal's Reading Mentor Initiative, the Georgia Pre-K program and the Quality Rated Improvement System, as well as local efforts including Savannah's Parent University and Athens/Clarke County's work to close the opportunity gap between lower- and higher-income students.
To find out how you can participate in the upcoming learning sessions, contact the campaign's Arianne Weldon at [email protected].