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The Initiative

Why third grade

The end of third grade marks a key transition, where children shift from learning to read and are expected to read to learn. We know if children don’t read well by that point they are less likely to catch up, less likely to graduate from high school and less likely to find a good job. In fact, 74 percent of students who do not meet this mark falter in later grades and drop out before earning a high school diploma. By reaching children early on, our community can go a long way toward closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates and breaking the pernicious cycle of poverty.

Additional reading on why reading by third grade is so important:

The Challenge

Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children nationwide miss this crucial milestone.

The goal of Tahoe Truckee Reads is to ensure that all children in our community are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. We want our children to have the tools they need to be successful in life.