Reading for Life
The district is making a series of adjustments to its reading instruction to help students become better readers. Reading is foundational for students’ academic journeys, future opportunities and overall success. Research shows time and again that reading proficiency by the end of the third year sets students on a path to excel academically and unlocks a world of possibilities for their futures.
ASD’s goal is for 80% of third-grade students to be strong readers by 2026. To achieve that goal, there will be a number of changes in the 2023-24 school year.
- New reading curriculum – The district is implementing a new reading curriculum for students in grades K-3. (Grades 4-5 will be implemented in the following 2024-25 school year.) The district’s dedicated teachers and staff are provided specialized training to effectively implement this curriculum.
- New state requirements – The Alaska Reads Act has six strategic components designed to provide support to schools so all students read at grade level by the end of third grade. The new law incorporates a series of requirements for districts and teachers.
These adjustments present an opportunity for educators and parents to work together to support young readers and open up doors of opportunity and future success through the power of reading. Learn more about these efforts through the links below.
Q: What is the Alaska Reads Act?
Q: Why is reading such a big focus in grades K-3?
Q: How will the changes to reading instruction impact my child?
Q: Will this focus on reading impact my family outside of school?
Q: How will I know if my child is struggling at reading?
Q: What can I do to help my child read outside of school?