Reading is Key: An MPUSD Literacy Initiative

California has a new literacy goal for its students: By 2026, every child will learn to read by third grade. The State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond's Reading by Third Grade and Beyond initiative aims to ensure literacy and biliteracy for students in California. 

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District understands the value of early literacy and during the previous 2022-2023 school year, the district continued its focus on improving reading levels in grades preschool through third grade with the goal of ensuring every child is able to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. This goal aligns to the state’s priority of meeting the same mark by 2026.

This school year (2023-2024), MPUSD has doubled down on its reading efforts launching a “Reading is Key” literacy initiative focused on helping students achieve fluency in phonics to reach its reading goal.

In the coming weeks and months, the district will highlight its "Reading is Key" literacy initiative in internal and external newsletters and publications, on its website, and on its social media platforms. Additionally, this initiative will highlights administrators, teachers, staff, and students who have worked extraordinarily hard to focus on literacy efforts.

Learn more on our "Reading is Key" web landing page, including: