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Third-grade students receive extra attention in North Carolina because of the state’s Read to Achieve legislative initiative, a part of the Excellent Public Schools Act. Under this state law, third-grade students who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade will receive special help, including summer reading camp and other interventions to make sure that they can read well enough to be able to do fourth-grade work.

North Carolina Read to Achieve

  • Improve K-3 Literacy Accountability Measures October 2015
    (pdf, 4.2mb)
  • Improve K-3 Literacy Accountability Measures October 2014
    (pdf, 890kb)
  • Improve K-3 Literacy Accountability Measures: Comprehensive Plan for Reading Achievement
    (pdf, 2.4mb)
  • NC Read to Achieve Guidebook
    (pdf, 1.6mb)
  • Excellent Public Schools Act HB 950 (Read to Achieve Law: pp. 38-44)
    (pdf, 1.1mb)
  • HB 230
    (pdf, 93kb)
  • NC Comprehensive Reading Plan
    (pdf, 748kb)
  • Professional Reading List (Supplement to the NC Comprehensive Reading Plan)
    (pdf, 153kb)
  • Read to Achieve Local Alternative Assessments 2015-16
    (pdf, 414kb)

7 Components of Read to Achieve

  • Elimination of Social Promotion
    (pdf, 39kb)
  • Facilitating Early Grade Reading Proficiency Process
    (pdf, 45kb)
  • Developmental Screening and Kindergarten Entry Assessment Process
    (pdf, 49kb)
  • Comprehensive Plan for Reading Achievement Process
    (pdf, 38kb)
  • Successful Reading Development for Retained Students Process
    (pdf, 38kb)
  • Notification Requirements to Parents and Guardians Process
    (pdf, 44kb)
  • Accountability Measure Process
    (pdf, 38kb)

Third-Grade Reading Portfolio

Reading 3D

  • Characteristics of Book Levels: Print Concepts through Level U
    (pdf, 227kb)
  • DIBELS Next Response Patterns
    (pdf, 117kb)
  • Key Indicators by Time of Year
    (pdf, 34kb)
  • NC Reading 3D Frequency Asked Questions
    (pdf, 313kb)
  • R3D Quick Reference Guide
    (pdf, 3.8mb)
  • Reading 3D Continuum of Learning – Basic Early Literacy Skills
    (pdf, 236kb)
  • Reading 3D FAQs for English Language Learners
    (pdf, 149kb)
  • Reading 3D Reminder Cards
    (pdf, 791kb)
  • mCLASS Reading 3D Benchmark and Progress Monitoring Guidelines
    (pdf, 113kb)