Reading Well by 3rd Grade

Reading well by third grade is one of many developmental milestones in a child’s educational experience. Providing quality curriculum, instruction, and assessments is the foundation for developing comprehensive systems of support for all learners.

The resources and information provided here are available for Minnesota schools to use as tools in developing comprehensive literacy programs and practices that lead to increased student achievement at all levels. 

K-3 Reading Data Submission. All public schools must annually submit data on reading proficiency for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 2. The Data Submission Template should be completed by July 1 of each year. Find the template and supporting information on the Reading K-3 Data Upload page.

Local Literacy Plans for every Minnesota public school district and charter school, serving Kindergarten–3rd grade, are to be posted on each district webpage. The information is intended to guide schools and districts as they work toward meeting the requirement of all students reading well by the end of third grade.

Districts are invited to use the rubric and the checklist  tools below to guide implementation of local literacy plans. More guidance and tools related to implementing Reading Well by 3rd Grade initiatives is available at left.

Information on how to add oral language assessments to a comprehensive assessment plan has been updated and is available from the PreK-Grade 3 Reading Assessment page. Use this tool to inform decisions about what data is needed to ensure that all students are reading well by third grade. 
  • Guide for Designing Systemic Reading Instruction and Intervention  - 6/3/13
    This resource is available to assist schools in developing the structures necessary for a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) and to provide quality reading instruction and intervention for students in preschool through grade three.
  • Literacy Plan Development Rubric  - 4/3/12
    This tool is available for districts to use as a self-evaluation tool and assessment of existing local literacy plans or as a reference for continuous improvement goals.