Teaching children to read in the primary grades
is the most urgent task in education today.
Pleasant T. Rowland, Founder, Rowland Reading Foundation

Pleasant T. Rowland

Pleasant T. Rowland

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Children who cannot read fluently by the end of second grade will struggle in school forever after. And if they struggle in school, they struggle in life. Reading is at the heart of all achievement. Without it, the American dream is out of reach. With it, anything is possible.

Yet two-thirds of American students cannot read proficiently.

Democracy depends on a literate and informed citizenry. Our very nation is at risk if we don’t meet this crisis and fix this problem. Now.

That is why the Rowland Reading Foundation is dedicated to one—and only one—thing: teaching children to read by the end of second grade.