Grade-Level Literacy

General Overview

  • Comprehensive assessment system Identify at-risk students, and adjust instructional strategies
  • Classroom-level progress: curriculum-embedded activities and research-based benchmark assessments
  • A reliable and valid predictor of subsequent performance on a variety of outcome measures
  • Out-of-school time
  • Secure and supervised afterschool programming
  • Tutoring/mentoring
  • Coordinated programs aligned with state and school goals

The first of three webinars to be presented in 2018-2019 on the topic of Grade Level Reading has been archived and is now available. Pathways to Grade Level Reading is available on YouTube, or you may download the slides here.

Grade Level Programs

Grade Level Programs
Extracted from the Promising Practices Guide, which provides programs and best practices for different demographics of library programs around the state

Potential Partners

Programs that use partners for grade level reading highlighted - examples include police, doctors, hospitals, churches, and schools

Developmental Milestones

Grant Opportunities

  • South Carolina State Library: A great resource for local and state grant research.
  • American Library Association: ALA not gives grants of its own, but it also links to federal grants, including Gates, IMLS, National Endowment for Humanities, OCLC, and more.
  • A centralized location to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. The system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.
  • Scholastic Grants: A frequently updated listing of public and private library grants that support library programs and initiatives that help young people.
  • K-12 Grants: Financial awards available for U.S. schools, continuously updated by
  • Finding the Funds: Renaissance Learning provides valuable advice on writing grants for educational initiatives, plus a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.
  • LibraryWorks: A variety of time-sensitive and ongoing grant opportunities for libraries.
  • IMLS Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a searchable database of grants available for libraries across the United States.

Fast Facts

  • Students learn more, teacher decision-making improves, and students become more aware of their own performance.
  • When teachers use ongoing systematic progress monitoring to track their students' progress in reading, math, or spelling, they are better able to identify students in need of additional or different forms of instruction, they design stronger instructional programs, and their students achieve more.
  • The Read to Succeed Team progress monitoring and formative assessment systems for settling benchmarks that are reliable indicators of student performance and that support quality instruction.
  • South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) provides specific guidance and support to districts for the implementation of readiness assessments for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, as required by legislation.