P-3 Literacy

The period between preschool and third grade is an inflection point in a child’s journey toward lifelong learning; it is the time they transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Access to rigorous yet developmentally appropriate curriculum, supports and other interventions that develop literacy in the early years then becomes a crucial contributor to academic success. This suite of resources aims to inform policy decisions regarding high-quality instruction and support for literacy development, particularly in the P-3 sector.


50-State Comparisons

How all states approach literacy policies.


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on specific literacy issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for literacy.

Scores for the nation as a whole dropped significantly in fourth and eighth grade reading and eighth grade math. Only fourth grade math scores ticked upward. State leaders may well look to Mississippi and the district for insights.

Throughout the month of October, the International Dyslexia Association, the National Institute for Learning Development and other organizations have been highlighting stories and resources as part of National Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Literacy is fundamental to a host of things; without the ability to read and write, it’s arguably difficult to do much else. But is literacy — or more specifically, access to an education and instruction that develops literacy — a fundamental right?

We know reading proficiency matters: Research shows that children who are not proficient at the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Yet nationally, 2 in 3 fourth-graders are not proficient in reading, according to the most recent data available.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on literacy.

P-3 Literacy
Pre-K Effectiveness
Third Grade Literacy Policies and Assessments

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