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A citywide push on literacy -- Read by 4th -- has its official launch

The Notebook (Philadelphia, PA)
READ by 4th is an ambitious campaign to have almost all Philadelphia students reading on grade level by the 4th grade. Now, just about half do — a troubling statistic because data indicate that students who don't reach that benchmark are many times more likely to fall behind and drop out of school. READ stands for Ready, Engaged, Able, and Determined. The goal is for all 4th graders here to be proficient in reading in six years — by 2020. City leaders including Superintendent William Hite came to McVeigh Recreation Center for the official launch of READ by 4th, which is Philadelphia's piece of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, launched by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and underway in some 150 cities and towns and 39 states.

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