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Reading Into Success

Reading Into Success

Reading into Success is a local collaboration working to ensure children read proficiently by the end of third grade by leveraging the assets of the entire community.


After third grade an important shift happens in learning. The focus changes from teaching students to read to them having them read to learn. If they are not proficient in reading, this can lead to falling behind in all subjects. Students who are not proficient are 4 times more likely to not graduate on time, which increases to 13 times if they are also from a low income household.

Reading into Success strives to shift these outcomes by partnering with the community to improve readings rates across the Cedar Rapids metro area which includes four school districts: Cedar Rapids Community, College Community, Linn-Mar Community and Marion Independent districts.

One area of focus is summer learning. The facts:

  • Low-income students lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, while their middle-income peers tend to make gains in reading.
  • By the end of fifth grade, disadvantaged children are nearly three grade equivalents behind their more affluent peers in reading.

One solution is to participate in the Summer Dare, the Cedar Rapids Public Library summer learning program designed to keep kids and all members of the community reading and learning throughout the summer. There is still time to register and participate. Visit summerdare.crlibrary.org to sign up today and keep reading!

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