3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

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

Richmond, VA

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Richmond, VA

The Richmond, VA, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on student attendance outcomes.   Richmond has seen a solid reduction in chronic absenteeism, with attendance improving in the elementary grades from 89.5% in 2012-13 to 94.1% in 2013-14.

Richmond Public Schools has identified specific students with chronic absence at each individual school (elementary, middle, high school). The district’s Every Day Counts attendance focus began in 2013 with elementary schools for extensive outreach to parents. By concentrating on elementary school students, the district is seeking to establish an expectation of attendance that will carry forward in the child/family experience to middle and high school.

The Richmond GLR Campaign reaches approximately 12,000 low-income children in a school district of roughly 23,000 students.  In partnership with the Richmond Public Schools, the Campaign regularly tracks the percent of K-3 students from low-income families who are chronically absent as a key measure of its overall impact on student outcomes.  Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2012, local GLR Lead, Harriet Coalter, commented, “We have learned from the experts through our participation in the Grade Level Reading initiative.  Richmond Public Schools has put together a complete program to address chronic absence with demonstrated outcomes, and our children are benefiting.  We are also using strategies learned from GLR in school readiness programs and summer learning programs.”

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading proudly recognizes the shared ownership for the progress in Richmond among the following members of the local sponsoring coalition:

  • Richmond  Public Schools
  • United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
  • Virginia Literacy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • ChildSavers
  • City of Richmond, Office of the Mayor (VA)
  • Community Idea Stations/PBS
  • Greater Richmond Chamber
  • Partnership for Families
  • Communities in Schools, Richmond
  • Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
  • Richmond Public Library (VA)
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond
  • Richmond Promise Neighborhood
  • Richmond Department of Social Services
  • Richmond Early Childhood Development Initiative
  • Richmond Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Richmond Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services
  • Richmond Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor
  • The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond