Kansas City, MO has a serious reading crisis.
If a student cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade their likeliness of future academic success drops. Reading is the essential tool needed to continually grasp further concepts. Right now, only about half of all students in Kansas City, MO are reading at grade level or above by the end of third grade. Turn the Page KC is addressing this by convening our community around this urgent issue. Since Turn the Page KC was founded in 2011, the number of 3rd graders reading at grade-level and above has increased every year, enrollment in academic summer programs has quadrupled, and chronic student absenteeism has dropped 4%. As a community, we have made progress, but there is still work to be done to ensure that every student can read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade and have a chance at a successful and productive future.