Improving Third Grade Reading

Third grade reading is a strong predictor of a student’s future academic success.  As students transition from learning to read to reading to learn, their mastery of literacy is essential.  Early and effective interventions with struggling readers can pay dividends, improving academic performance and increasing graduation rates.

Working together to make Kansas children’s future brighter

Helping Low-income Children and Families

The Kansas Reading Roadmap provides free quality childcare and summer school for low-income families.

A Rural Focus

The Kansas Reading Roadmap seeks to support rural school districts and the unique challenges they face.

3rd Grade Reading

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, attaining reading proficiency by the 3rd grade is key for ensuring children graduate high school college and career ready.

The Kansas Reading Roadmap is a whole-school turn around model that provides a population-level solution to early literacy through the following interventions:


The in-school component of the Kansas Reading Roadmap is implemented through the Kansas Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS), working with schools to utilize data and target resources to promote the achievement of all students. Through support from the Kansas Department of Education’s Technical Assistance System Network (TASN), administrators and teachers receive training to promote improved literacy instruction and drive outcomes.



The Kansas Reading Roadmap provides a collection of out-of-school, aligned wrap-around-services that enhance and build upon school instruction. Struggling readers need extra help and KRR out-of-school services offer after school, summer and family engagement learning opportunities. Using a unified approach, KRR children get individualized out-of-school interventions that match what their teachers say they need. This comprehensive, yet individualized strategy, means the power of the KRR to improve reading skills exceeds the sum of each of its parts.


KRR includes an 8-week parent engagement component delivered in partnership with FAST® (Families and Schools Together), an internationally acclaimed program that supports the family bonding necessary for children to thrive. FAST is built on evidence-based practices and rigorously tested to empower parents to become more effective family leaders; build positive connections and social capital between families and schools; and creates a supportive community engaged in fostering children’s well-being and education.