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State launches literacy website

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Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the state has launched a new website that will provide new support for parents and educators working to teach students how to read.
The “New Mexico Reads to Lead” website provides information from across the country on the best strategies to help students with literacy. Unique support is available, in English and Spanish, for students at each grade level to provide targeted help for children no matter their current reading skill. In addition, the website will begin to collect proven strategies from New Mexico teachers to share with their colleagues across the state and also highlights community literacy programs which help support local reading efforts.
Parents will have access to a recommended reading list for students at their child’s ability level. In April, Gov. Martinez announced the “New Mexico Reads to Lead” initiative, a direct investment in early childhood education and early childhood reading interventions designed to assist teachers and parents in identifying struggling students and helping them to read at grade level.
“Literacy isn’t optional. The success of our students tomorrow is built on a strong ability to read today,” Martinez said. The most recent results show most New Mexico children are not reading at the level they should. “The ability to read is the key to learning for all of our students. Their lives, and the future of our state, will be brighter if we can use resources like these to find struggling students and get them the help they need.”
 “The results are clear: we need to put a priority on reading or the results for our students will not improve,” said New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera. “We hope parents will use the strategies on the ‘New Mexico Reads to Lead’ website at home as often as they can. The goal is simple; every student in New Mexico should have the gift of reading.”