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

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.

A Rural Focus

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

Helping Low-income Children and Families

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



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.