Reading Success by Fourth Grade: Blueprint for Springfield 2010
Fifty-nine percent of Springfield's third graders cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, according to the 2011 English Language Arts MCAS.
Fourth grade reading proficiency is such a critical benchmark that in 2009, CHECH and their partners launched the Reading Success by Fourth Grade (RS4G) initiative, beginning a year-long community engagement and research process. This process has resulted in this blueprint, which is calling on Springfield to engage in collective action so that by 2016, 80% of Springfield children will score at the proficient level or above on the third grade Reading MCAS.
Ensuring that children are proficient readers by the time they enter fourth grade is a strategic point of intervention for addressing education, community health, public safety, poverty and economic development goals.
Springfield has daunting challenges, but we also have much to connect and build on. We are profoundly hopefully that as a city - working together - we can make reading proficiency by fourth grade a priority, setting high expectations for all of our children and collaborating to provide the support and resources necessary for our children to achieve this goal.
We urge you to become a partner in our work to help Springfield's children achieve this goal.