Goal 10: Reading at Grade Level


Young children across North Carolina will read on grade level in elementary school, with a particular focus on African American, American Indian, and Hispanic children who face the greatest systemic barriers to reading success.

2025 Target

By 2025, increase the percentage of children across the state achieving high levels of reading proficiency according to the following measures:

Part 1) Increase the percentage of students reading above proficiency from 45.8% to 61.8% for 3rd – 8th grade students on statewide end of grade tests (EOGs), consistent with the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan 2025 reading proficiency benchmark.

Part 2) Increase reading proficiency from 39% to 43% according to the fourth grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).