New Orleans Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Our vision is to ensure all students in New Orleans read at grade level by the end of third grade.


A child’s ability to read by the end of third grade is an important predictor of future success. Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate high school and have higher earnings as adults. In New Orleans public schools, only 31% of third graders read on grade-level by the end of the third grade. This means the vast majority of our city's children miss this critical milestone.

The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading hosted a forum with the three leading candidates for Mayor of New Orleans in the lead up to the October 14th primary elections.
We asked New Orleans’ Mayoral candidates how they would approach and support early learning investment.


Spring 2018
New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Public Launch
Stay tuned! Time and location coming soon.

February 3, 2018
2018 Urban League Schools Expo
Mercedes-Benz Superdome Field
1500 Sugar Bowl Dr, NOLA 70112
10 am – 2 pm.

The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has partnered with the Urban League of Louisiana’s twelfth annual Schools Expo on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome from 10am-2pm. For the first time, this year's Schools Expo will feature an area dedicated to information about summer learning opportunities.
This event is designed to provide a one-stop shop where parents are able to learn about all of their school and summer programming options in New Orleans. The Expo is an excellent way to celebrate our community’s greatest resource – our children.
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January 17, 2018
Fight For Literacy Charity Basketball Game: Tulane v. Houston
Tulane University
Devlin Fieldhouse
6811 Freret Street, NOLA 70118
7 pm – 10 pm.

The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has partenered with Coaching for Literacy, which advocates for literacy nationwide via the platform of sports, and in particular, the platform of NCAA basketball. Coaching for Literacy and Tulane University Men's Basketball have collaborated to host the Fight for Literacy Games- an initiative to raise funds and/or awareness for literacy programs. 100% of your donation will go to support literacy work of New Orleans Campaign for Level Reading in New Orleans, LA. Click the arrow to read more!
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October 3, 2017
Grade-Level Reading Resource Mapping Survey: Data Walk
United Way of Southeast Louisiana, 2515 Canal Street, October 3rd, 3 pm – 5 pm.

We shared a survey city-wide to gauge the current landscape of early education services and programs for youth in New Orleans. We brought survey participants together to discuss our findings, strategize next steps, and engage new partners in the Campaign.
September 27, 2017
New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Mayoral Forum
WYES Studios, 916 Navarre Avenue, September 27th, 5 pm – 7 pm

We called on New Orleans’ top polling Mayoral Candidates to share their plans on how they would increase the number of children reading on grade level by third in our City.
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About the Campaign

The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative of leaders from government, business, education, families and the non-profit sector who have committed to working together for the next decade to increase the number of New Orleans students who are reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

We are doing this by focusing on three primary drivers of third-grade reading: