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Grade-Level Reading

Research shows that reading proficiency by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn, and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in later curriculum. Students who fail to reach this critical milestone are at risk to falter in the later years.

Starting Strong works to close achievement gaps and increase the percentage of Portland students reading proficiently by focusing on three strategies.

  • Expand access to training and professional development for staff supporting grade-level reading proficiency
  • Increase access to individualized literacy support for low-performing students
  • Engage and empower parents to support their child’s academic success

In 2018, 78% of students participating in Starting Strong’s Reading Partners program at Ocean Avenue School in Portland met or exceeded spring literacy benchmarks as assessed by the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Reading Assessment.

Specific PreK to 3rd Grade literacy initiatives have included:

  • Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum training
  • Reading Partners volunteer tutoring program for first graders
  • Literacy Kits for English Language Learner (ELL) families