LAP Learning to Read, Reading to Learn

  • Research shows a strong link between reading proficiency at the end of third grade and further academic success. Students who read proficiently by the end of the third grade are significantly more likely to graduate from high school.  Research also shows that reading instruction after third grade is not as effective; reading improvement is greatest when children are younger.  In our contemporary society, strong literacy skills are key to a career after high school.

    As a result of these factors, the Washington state legislature adopted new regulations governing Learning Assistance Program funds in June 2013. The regulations require funds to focus first on reading in kindergarten through fourth grade, and require significant interventions for students not reading at standard in second, third and fourth grades. They also require parents, teachers, and the school to work together to provide support and intensive instruction for any student in kindergarten through fourth grade reading a year or more below grade level. 

    Please contact your child's teacher or principal if you have concerns about your child's reading.  They can help you identify some things you can do at home to better support your child's reading, as well as create a plan to support him or her at school.

    For more information about LAP regulations, see

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