Shaping a State of Readers


As the State Superintendent of North Carolina’s public schools, I want you to know that your child’s success in school and beyond is important to us. We want to help students read at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade. But, right now, less than half of our 4th graders have the reading skills they need. It is urgent that we correct this situation, and we need your help.

North Carolina leaders created the Read to Achieve program to improve the reading skills of K-3 students, and educators are working hard to teach our children. Reading is important to your child’s success in school because all subjects, including science, social studies, and yes, even math, require strong reading skills. Our teachers practice reading with students during the school day, but that is not enough.

Right now, you play an important part in making sure your child is on the right track. We offer some tips on this website that can help you remember to practice at home every day. You can put this on your refrigerator or wherever it is most helpful.

Many students lose reading skills over the summer. We hope these tips help you better assist your child to read during the summer break. Your child might also be able to attend a free Read to Achieve summer camp in your community for extra reading lessons.

Together, parents, caretakers, and educators can help every child in North Carolina become a great reader.

Thank you for being a partner with us in this important mission


Mark Johnson

NC Superintendent of Public Instruction