More than 65 percent of Georgia’s children are failing to meet the basic standard in reading by the end of third grade, and two out of three children can’t read on grade level when they enter fourth grade. That has significant and long-term consequences for all Georgians.

That’s why state and community leaders, educators, librarians, health and business professionals, juvenile court judges, elected officials, and the first lady of Georgia assembled early this month at the Get Georgia Reading Community Action Summit. They came to Atlanta to honor a commitment to get every child in the state on the path to reading proficiently by third grade by 2020.

Members of this unprecedented alliance gained a deeper understanding of the research and best and promising practices around early learning—grade-level reading at the two-day summit, then they rolled up their sleeves to design a plan for applying a common agenda in communities across the state.

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