What is Mission: Read?
Mission: Read is an early grade reading initiative focused on Birth – 3rd Grade that promotes a working collaboration between schools and communities, committed to the reading success of every child.
Why We Care
Early literacy has proven to have a significant relationship with graduation rates across a variety of contributing factors. According to research, 3rd Graders who are not reading at grade level are among the most vulnerable to drop out of school later.A long-term study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that students who were not proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade were four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers.
In fact, 88% of students who failed to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in 3rd grade. 3rd grade has been identified as important to reading literacy because it is the final year children are learning to read, after which students are “reading to learn.” If they are not proficient readers when they begin fourth grade, as much as half of the curriculum they will be taught will be incomprehensible.