Collaborative Action Initiative: Reading for the Future

Collaborative Action Initiative:
Reading for the Future

how it started.

Learning to read, to reading to learn. When a young person moves from third grade to fourth grade, they begin the journey from learning how to read to using reading as a tool to learn and understand new skills and tools as well as the world around them. This skill is so pivotal to a young person’s future success. Data shows that young people who struggle with reading in third grade are four times more likely not to finish high school by the time they’re 19. (source: Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs))

In 2021, Achieve Brown County, in partnership with the Brown County Library, teamed up to address the decline of early grade reading proficiency across Brown County.

In the 2016-2017 school year, 41% of students in our county were reading at proficiency. Fast forward to the 2020-2021 school year, and that number dropped by 14%, with only 27% of kids reading as well as they should in the third grade.


the reading success summit.

In fall of 2022, volunteers across our community rallied around raising awareness and sharing data around Brown County reading proficiency rates. Achieve Brown County Collaborative Action Teams hosted an event called the Reading Success Summit where over 200 community members, business leaders, education experts, and nonprofit professionals gathered to understand the crisis our youth are experiencing.


reading for the future initiative.

In summer of 2023, x

Discover what our community is doing to boost reading skills and close these gaps.