- Research demonstrates that promoting intrinsic motivation to read should be given high priority in the reading curriculum. Seven research-based rules of engagement are described, along with practical classroom tips for supporting and nurturing students' motivation to read.
A collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to:
- Close the gap in reading achievement that separates many low-income students from their peers
- Raise the bar for reading proficiency so that all students are assessed by world-class standards
- Ensure that all children, including and especially children from low-income families, have an equitable opportunity to meet those higher standards
Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work, and in life. This KIDS COUNT special report affirms a commitment by the Casey Foundation to help ensure that all students are proficient in reading by the end of third grade and to help narrow the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children.
- Even as the nation seeks to improve early literacy, there must be a commitment of resources, time, and staff to provide reading instruction for adolescents with low literacy skills. Investing in age-appropriate, research-based reading intervention now will avoid future spending on public welfare, unemployment benefits, and the criminal justice system. It will also allow the current generation of adolescent students to experience success in school and in life.
- How letting economically disadvantaged students choose what they want to read over the summer can prevent summer learning loss
- "In June, July, and August, many students forget some of what they learned over the previous school year. But “summer slide” takes its biggest toll on low-income students, contributing substantially to the achievement gap between them and better-off youngsters."
- November 2011 Issue Brief
- The Campaign has developed a Starter Kit to help Sponsoring Coalitions within the Grade-Level Reading Communities Network identify important child health issues and integrate strategies that address them into their work to improve grade-level reading outcomes.