Reading well by third grade is one of many developmental milestones in a child’s educational experience. Providing quality curriculum, instruction and assessments is the foundation for developing comprehensive systems of support for all learners.
Minnesota’s system of statewide assessment does not begin to assess students’ reading proficiency until the end of third grade. However, it is critical that schools are monitoring and responding to students’ literacy needs long before then. Broadly speaking, the “Read Well” legislation provides specific expectations to ensure that districts monitor students’ reading proficiency, provide interventions and monitor their effectiveness when needed, communicate and collaborate with families, and provide adequate teacher training to ensure all students meet this important milestone with success. How districts accomplish these responsibilities is left to local education agencies.
View the Read Well Plan 2021-22. See all that is being done to ensure that our students can read well by 3rd grade!