New Mexico PBS | Raising Readers
New Mexico PBS Raising Readers
Turn Anytime into Learning Time.
The New Mexico PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative is a yearlong literacy campaign designed to help pre-school children develop reading and literacy skills.

Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Pairs 5th Graders With 1st Graders

Why Raising Readers Now?

80% of New Mexico’s 4th graders scored below proficient compared with 68% nation-wide. (The 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading Test)

Failure to read proficiently is linked to higher rates of school dropout, which suppresses individual earning potential as well as the nation’s competitiveness and general productivity. (Annie E Case Kids Count Report)

PBS Raising Readers programs and curriculum works. Research on SUPER WHY! Reading Camps shows Campers showed gains in all of the literacy skills presented in the program:
  • 139% gain in word decoding
  • 84% gain in encoding
  • 29% gain in reading words
  • 18% increase in letter sounds