Read! Reading Success by 4th Grade is a community initiative with the goal of ALL of Springfield’s children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
Reading Success by 4th Grade has received national attention for its work, with Springfield being named winner of the 2017 All-America City Award at the national Grade-Level Reading conference in Denver, Colorado, given to only 15 cities nationally, for its leadership role in initiating community-wide strategies that raised the level of third grade reading proficiency from 33% in 2015 to 44% in 2016.
Springfield also achieved All-America City recognition in 2012, and was named a Pacesetter Community in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
The Read! initiative was an outgrowth of the Davis Foundation-inspired Cherish Every Child initiative. The initiative was formed based on research indicating that a child who enters fourth grade unable to read proficiently is far less likely to graduate from high school and develop the skills essential to flourish in a knowledge-based economy.