Early Literacy Resources

Early literacy — which DPS defines as reading, writing, speaking and listening — is essential to building a strong foundation for success in school and in life. Research shows that students who are reading and writing proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate.

State law (the READ Act) requires all kindergarten, first-, second- and third-graders be tested to ensure students are making progress toward reading on grade level by third grade. DPS students take these tests a minimum of three times – at the beginning, middle and end of the school year. DPS has created a new tool – the Early Literacy Aimline – to help educators and families better understand where a student should be performing to achieve reading proficiency by third grade (at or above the green line on your student’s Early Literacy Progress Report).


Academic Standards Guides

Learn more about what your child should be learning at each grade level.


About Aimlines
Early Literacy Aimlines and the READ Act

Supporting Early Literacy at Home: A Guide for Families
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Free Books and Other Digital Resources
Lion Database

Other Resources to Support Literacy At Home
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Study Blue: Free Apps for Studying
National PTA Standards Parent Guides
Scholastic: Parents

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