A National Campaign
Across the United States
According to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, ~67% of children in the United States are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, as measured by the NAEP test. Sadly, that percentage is even higher among low-income families, with over 80% of children living in poverty not meeting proficiency standards.
This severely restricts the possibilities of our next generation, as third grade reading is an important predictor of future success in school and in life.
In response, a national network of non-profits, businesses, community stakeholders, and government agencies organized to promote reading at grade level. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading unites communities around this issue, while recognizing that each has its individual challenges and unique characteristics. The L.O.U Reads Coalition applied for membership in the Campaign's network in June of 2014 and in early 2015 became the second of only two Mississippi communities to formally join the network.