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Third Grade Commitment

Memphis-Shelby County Schools identifies student achievement as its highest priority. Third grade has been identified as the year that students are no longer “learning to read” but they begin “reading to learn.” If students are not reading on grade level by the time they reach the third grade, half of the curriculum they will be taught for the remainder of their school years will be beyond their understanding. The 3rd Grade Commitment is a collaborative effort between schools, parents, and community towards ensuring we all work together to best help MSCS students reach reading readiness before the third grade.