“Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school
graduation and career success. Yet every year, more
than 80% of low-income children miss this crucial milestone.„
Building a strong base early is critical to future academic success. During the formative kindergarten through 3rd grade years, children develop significant foundational skills and an essential interest in learning. Within our K-3 Achievement focus area, we seek partners that enable students to perform on or above grade level in core subjects by third grade, beginning with the kindergarten year.
We support organizations that are measuring their results and incorporate evidence-based strategies. In the focus area of K-3 achievement, we are particularly focused on the growth of students, along with improved test scores. Our Outcomes Sought document summarizes our priorities and is a basis for discussion with grantees. We hope to engage in a dialogue with grantseekers about their approach and use of data.