Tennessee, like many other states, has struggled with preparing its students to be lifelong readers and critical thinkers. By the end of third grade, less than half of students in Tennessee are proficient in reading. Once a student falls behind, it becomes even harder for them to catch up.
With the goal of improving literacy and critical thinking skills across our state, the Tennessee Department of Education recently launched the Read to be Ready campaign. Discover how communities are working together to build readers and thinkers in Tennessee - even before a child enters kindergarten!
While in-school instruction is critical, we each need to do our part to improve literacy in Tennessee. Fortunately, there are simple steps our families, businesses and communities can take to ensure our students are ready for their future.
For more ideas to support reading in your community, visit TN.gov/ReadToBeReady.
Learn more at the Children's Reading Foundation's Website and the Upper Cumberland Reading Foundation's Facebook page.
Additional Resources for Parents and Caregivers:
- Governor's Books from Birth Foundation: Register children from birth to age 5 to receive one age appropriate book each month, at no cost to the family.
- The First Lady's Read20 Family Book Club: A new book that appeals to elementary-aged children is featured each month – perfect for reading aloud as a family!
- Tennessee Electronic Library: Great online resources for readers of all ages, from pre-k to high school.
- Tips on how to read to young children