Read901 is a city-wide initiative on one of the most important indicators for a student's success: grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Read901 combines the strength of community based organizations, funders, city agencies, and corporations to align the work of these multi-sector agencies who are all committed to improving outcomes for students.
Read901 aims for 90% of 3rd grade Shelby County students to be reading on grade level by 2025. In order to reach this goal, Read901 is bringing the community together around four levels of change: out-of-school time, school readiness, family engagement, and school attendance. Literacy Mid-South has identified these levels of change as research has shown that these levels have an impact on improving grade level reading.
As part of a county-wide partnership to improve education learning outcomes, Literacy Mid-South is leading a Collaborative Action Network comprised of community organizations, school districts, businesses, and nonprofits. The purpose of the Third Grade Reading CAN is to take advantage of the resources already available in Shelby County as well as the work members are currently doing to improve the rates of reading proficiency at 3rd for every Shelby County child. Given the research on the areas that have the greatest influence on third grade reading proficiency, the network has segmented its plan into two strategic areas:
- Develop/adopt and deploy reading interventions or support services in afterschool and summer programs, and support school-based reading interventions.
- Engage parents and the community (e.g. civic organiations, faith communities, etc.) in adopting practices to improve attendance and reading proficiency.