Focus Areas

READING INTO SUCCESS GOAL: By 2020, increase the number of proficient third graders to 95%, with a focus on closing the opportunity gap.


Increase percentage of kindergarteners who score as proficient on the Fall FAST by 75% by 2020.


  • By age 2, low-income children are already behind their peers in listening, counting, and other skills essential to literacy.
  • A child’s vocabulary as early as age 3 can predict third grade reading achievement.
  • By age 5, a typical middle-class child recognizes 22 letters of the alphabet, compared to 9 for a child from a low-income family.