All West Virginia children deserve the opportunity to become immersed in a culture supportive of their ongoing literacy development. The West Virginia Department of Education, under the auspices of the West Virginia Board of Education, is well-poised to elevate the importance of literacy development in the state to close the reading achievement gap by third grade.

Growing literate, competent children today will result in positive impacts on career and college readiness tomorrow. The West Virginia Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade Level Reading serves as the organizing body to help achieve this work. To yield long term gains in student achievement, partnerships between stakeholders at the national, state, and local levels will help ensure all young children in West Virginia are provided ample opportunities to establish positive dispositions toward literacy learning.

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