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Third Grade Reading Level is a Student's Critical Turning Point
What if there was a reliable yet unexpected predictor for a child's future, that could set the course for the rest of their life? Let us introduce you to the very real and very critical third grade turning point, where children with reading difficulties can quickly be left behind.
This is the last year a student learns how to read and next year, they must be able to read to learn entirely on their own. Most students missing key concentration and comprehension skills will falter in later grades. They will struggle with school, develop behavior problems, and drop out early.
Social Innovation to Change Arizona's Future
Read Better Be Better is a program targeted towards breaking the cycles of poverty and social injustice through our curriculum of good reading and good thinking skills. Books and learning hold the key to doing well in grades 4 and above, where students must start reading on their own to learn. It is at this critical juncture that the poor readers turn away from school, or earn barely passing grades until they can drop out. Literacy holds the key, and third grade is the precise moment to change their trajectory.
Why the Read Better Be Better Program is So Effective
We pair middle schoolers with third grade students at risk, creating a supportive learning environment and leadership opportunity.
100% of students showed improved concentration, reading comprehension, and enjoyment of reading after one semester. - RBBB Teacher Evaluations
Our program is highly structured and evidence informed in every aspect.
93% of students rated themselves on the Reader Self-Perception Scale and "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that they read better now. - RBBB Student Evaluations
Dr. Dave is the Read Better Be Better mascot who reminds our students to Be Excellent. Be Kind.
"Every day when I go to Read Better Be Better is a good day."
- Damien, third grade student
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Written by Amber Chavez, Read Better Be Better Site Leader Let me start off by saying that I think Read Better Be Better is an amazing program and by the time you are done reading this, I think…no, I know you will feel the same way about it. That’s how confident I am. And yeah, you’re probably […]
Read Better Be Better Awarded $33,000 for After-School Literacy Programming in Multiple School Districts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2020 PHOENIX, AZ. – A Phoenix-based 501(c)(3), Read Better Be Better (RBBB), was awarded $33,000 by The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation, The Kinder Morgan Foundation, The Literary Society of the Southwest, and The West Valley Mavericks Foundation for the nonprofit’s innovative work in after-school literacy programming for 3rd and […]
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Third Grade and Literacy, The Facts
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