Nashville has a long way to go on child literacy

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Metro Nashville’s public schools are educating 86 percent of the city’s elementary school children.

So when a child isn’t reading proficiently, it’s easy to assume schools aren’t doing their jobs. But that’s a simplification of a much more complex problem.

Solving our literacy challenges does not just start and end in schools. It requires a web of efforts, both inside and beyond a classroom’s four walls.

Research shows that two major barriers to literacy success happen outside of school – chronic absenteeism and summer reading loss.

And with less than one-third of our students reading on grade level, according to the state’s new, higher standards, Nashville has a long way to go.

That’s why the Nashville Literacy Collaborative developed the Blueprint for Early Childhood Success.

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