A statewide plan dubbed the “Campaign for Grade-Level Reading,” spearheaded by the United Way, is a finalist for the All-America City Award.
The National Civic League gives the award each year. Arizona’s application is one of 32 finalists selected through a peer review process from a field of more than 100 entries across the country. Winners will be announced July 2 in Denver.
The Arizona initiative is being led by three funders — Helios Education Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) — who are collaborating with a number of United Way organizations in the state.
The three funders will invest in projects and strategies from the state’s action plan.
Arizona law requires that all third-graders — beginning in the 2013-14 school year — meet reading standards on Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards test.