The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR) announced it has recognized the Quad Cities with Pacesetter Honors for its work in 2017.
For the past 6 years, United Way of the Quad Cities Area has been the local lead for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading work. United Way has coordinated the efforts of dozens of local organizations, working together towards the same goal: making sure that our third graders can read.
Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a critical milestone toward high school graduation and career success because it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” National tests show that two-thirds of U.S. fourth-graders (four-fifths of whom are from low-income families) are not reading proficiently. Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of high school and struggle throughout their lives.
The Quad Cities has been named a Pacesetter in:
- School Readiness for the Born Learning initiative, an early childhood education strategy overseen by Women United.
- Summer Learning for the Youth Enrichment program, a partnership between United Way, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, Spring Forward Learning Center, and Two Rivers YMCA. This summer marks the seventh year in a row that the partners have provided the Youth Enrichment program in the community.
- Data management and for engaging multi-sector stakeholders in grade-level reading work, which aligns with the Q2030 initiative.
Each year, the GLR Campaign uses its Pacesetter Honors to highlight communities that report making measurable progress on key indicators of early school success. These communities serve as proof points and represent the “leading edge” of innovation, impact, and improvement within the GLR Network, currently comprised of more than 360 GLR Campaign communities.