Nashville city leaders vow to double third-grade literacy rate through community-wide effort

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Two out of every three Nashville children exit third grade off-track in literacy.

It’s a years-old problem that’s been tricky to fix, even though many groups have identified literacy as one of Metro Nashville Public Schools’ — and the city’s —greatest challenges.

But Nashville city leaders hope Wednesday will prove a turning point in combating low early-grade literacy rates through a report that for the first time aligns citywide efforts.

The report by the Nashville Literacy Collaborative lays out a blueprint with a goal to double Nashville’s third-grade reading rates by 2025.

“It puts Nashville, frankly, in a very small list of cities that says this is a big enough thing,” said Shannon Hunt, Nashville Public Education Foundation president and CEO. “It’s not just about how we teach literacy, it is about whether there is a true communitywide effort.”

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