Reading Well By Third Grade

  • As written in MN Statute 120B.12, a school district must adopt a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3. A local literacy “plan must include a process to assess students' level of reading proficiency, notify and involve parents, intervene with students who are not reading at or above grade level, and identify and meet staff development needs. The district must post its literacy plan on the official school district Web site.”

    What is the purpose of this plan?
    Reading well by third grade is one of many developmental milestones in a child’s educational Reading well by grade three ensures that a student has a solid foundation of literacy skills to continue to expand their understandings of what they read, make meaning, and transfer that learning across all subject areas. Instruction that provides the basis for all students to read well by third grade and beyond will help close the achievement gap and ensure that all students are ready for the demands of college and the workplace. From cradle to career, a sustained effort to create quality literacy environments in all of our schools and programs from birth through grade 12 promotes academic success.

    What are our literacy plan goals?
    The Monticello School District will develop proficient readers who have positive attitudes and habits about reading, are fluent enough to focus on understanding what they read, use their word knowledge to understand what they read, develop an understanding of what they read by extending, elaborating, and evaluating the meaning of the text and can read a variety of texts for a variety of purposes. Our literacy program strives to have all students achieve at or above grade level and become lifelong, independent readers. Monticello believes in accelerating the performance of all students to improve literacy and ensure that all students should read at least at grade level.

    2022-23 Literacy Plan

    To provide feedback on Monticello's Reading Well by Third Grade Plan, please click here.

    For more information, contact Eric Olson, Superintendent at or call 763-272-2001