3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

What is
a Bright Spot?

Bright Spots are schools, programs and communities nationwide using innovative and promising strategies to help low-income children read at grade level. They use intensive instruction and parent engagement, as well as efforts to combat lack of school readiness, summer learning loss, and chronic absence, to assure kids are proficient readers when they leave the third grade.

The Campaign highlights these efforts because they work – in large urban centers, mid-size cities and isolated rural areas, for families of every racial and ethnic group, and in schools and communities where most children qualify for free and reduced priced meals. Some Bright Spots are elementary schools where students are thriving in a reading-infused culture, while others are programs and community initiatives, in and outside of school, that engage teachers, staff, parents and community members in supporting student learning.

If you want to suggest a Bright Spot for the Campaign, please email Betsy Rubiner at


Beating the Odds
An Oakland elementary school shows what it takes.

Stopping the Slide
A Boston program turned around summer learning loss.

Improving Attendance
A Grand Rapids elementary cut absenteeism in half

Teaching Done Right
A Philadelphia initiative promotes literacy gains for low-income kids.