The Importance of Family Literacy

within the Clayton Ridge Community

What the research tells us.

Research shows that reading proficiency by third grade is an important predictor of school success, and that early identification and ongoing support for readers who struggle is an essential component (Anne E. Casey Foundation, 2013). According to Iowa law (Iowa Code section 279.68 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62) beginning in 2017, school districts must provide an intensive summer reading program for any student between their 3rd and 4th grade year who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading.


The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2013). Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from www.;