What is “Read to Achieve”?
A State Law developed to address the Excellent Public Schools Act with the purposes of:
• Early identification of reading deficiencies
• Providing appropriate instructional support services to students in need
• Continued support and information provided to parents about reading progress
• Establishing consistency with regards to promotion and reading achievement
Please use the following links and information to further understand the Excellent Public Schools Act
and specifics about theRead to Achieveinitiative and how it affects students and schools.
NC Read to Achieve at a Glance
The Read to Achieve Program is a part of the Excellent Public Schools Act which became law in July of 2012.
It applies to all schools at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
The 7 Components of Read to Achieve
1. Developmental Screening in Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA)
2. Elimination of Social Promotion
3. Successful Reading Development for Retained Students
4. Parent/Guardian Notification
5. Accountability Measures
6. Comprehensive Reading Plan
7. Facilitating Early Grade Reading Proficiency
Summary of Key Implications
• Non-proficient students are identified at the end of third grade will be re-tested.
• After re-testing, non-proficient students will be invited to attend summer reading camp.
• Students whose parents do not want their child to attend summer reading camp will repeat third
• At the end of summer reading camp, students will be retested. If he or she tests proficient, they
will be eligible to be promoted to fourth grade. If he or she does not score proficient at the end
of summer reading camp, he or she will be placed in fourth grade classes the following year
with a third-grade retention label. Ninety minutes of uninterrupted reading instruction will be
provided daily in these classes. These students will be eligible to retake the reading test in late
October to achieve a mid-year promotion and have the third grade retention label removed.