Ready to Read, Ready to Succeed
State Policies that Support Fourth-Grade Reading Success

Publication May 201828 pages(R18E02)
Report cover: Ready to Read, Ready to Succeed: State Policies that Support Fourth-Grade Reading Success. Updated May 2018

States continue to make changes to educator preparation policies and exam requirements for reading. To help legislators who may use this report as a reference, SREB updated Table 2 on page 17 to reflect current state policies as of May 2019.

What can states do to ensure that students read proficiently by fourth grade? This report presents states’ current progress on this milestone, which is crucial to a child’s long-term success, and offers recommendations for states. The report examines alignment of standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment; early childhood and kindergarten; identification, intervention and retention; and teacher preparation and training for reading instruction.