About Reach Every Reader
Reach Every Reader launched in 2018 with the goal of making significant progress on the crisis in early literacy. The initiative formed a dynamic partnership between the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), and the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) and College of Communication & Information (CCI) at Florida State University, to impact early literacy. The work of Reach Every Reader is funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI).
The Reach Every Reader Vision
Reach Every Reader’s vision is that all children will be readers with the skills, knowledge, and interest to read for learning and pleasure. We want every child to succeed, and we don’t want to wait for children to fail before we help them thrive.
Reading is essential for all forms of learning, and for accessing many experiences and opportunities in school and life. There is a strong base of knowledge about reading development as well as significant investments in reading interventions. Yet, over half of U.S. children are not proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade, and there has been little progress in the last few decades in helping students gain necessary reading proficiency. Early reading struggles have long-term consequences for both the learners and society:
A student who fails to read adequately in first grade has a 90% probability of reading poorly in fourth grade, and a 75% probability of reading poorly in high school.
⅔ of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
Low literacy costs the US at least $225B each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
Supportive interventions can help some students, but these interventions are often implemented too late and haphazardly. Research and practice remain too-often disconnected, despite a widespread recognition of the importance of reading. We have an opportunity now to help millions of children become successful readers.