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A Compact for Reading - February 1999

All across America, communities are pulling together to strengthen education. More and more parents, teachers, and community and business leaders are creating compacts to build and strengthen partnerships for improved student learning.

The improvement of reading is increasingly the focus of efforts among families, schools, and community organizations for better education. A Compact for Reading can help bring people together to improve reading. Compacts are written agreements among families, teachers, principals, and students that describe how all partners can help improve the reading and other language arts skills of kindergarten through third-grade children, including those with disabilities and with limited English proficiency.

The Compact for Reading Guide is a user-friendly handbook designed to walk your family-school compact team through the steps of building and implementing a Compact for Reading. It provides information, strategies, examples, and checklists to help parents, educators, and community members develop effective, workable compacts that can improve your school, increase family involvement, and increase student skills and achievement in reading. The handbook is intended to help and guide partnerships in forming compacts, without adding requirements. Associated with this Guide is a School-Home Links Reading Kit, which includes activities for children from kindergarten through the third grade that teachers can provide to families for at-home reinforcement of in-school reading and language arts activities. The School Home-Links Program is one way to put your Compact for Reading to work.

A Compact for Reading Guide and the School-Home Links Reading Kit are part of a series of continuous improvement materials that highlight key issues of interest to teachers, parents, principals, tutors, and community members who want to make their schools better and work toward standards of excellence. These materials are available on the U.S. Department of Education home page at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/CompactforReading/.

We welcome your comments and examples of how you implement the Compact for Reading and the School-Home Links Program in your community. We also welcome your ideas to improve these materials. Please mail your ideas or copies of your compact to the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, c/o the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Secretary Riley Signature
Richard W. Riley
U.S. Secretary of Education

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