News & Observer - Poor reading skills stymie children and the N.C. economy

"First, we must implement a comprehensive, coordinated system that ensures accountability and alignment of birth through age 8 programs that put children on the path to reading proficiency.

Second, we must develop data systems that follow children’s progress and allow for early interventions to keep children progressing toward literacy in third grade.

Third, we must expand access to NC Pre-K – our high-quality pre-K program for four-year-olds – to give more of our children an opportunity to achieve reading proficiency by third grade.

No state has implemented all of the recommendations proposed by the Business Roundtable. We want North Carolina to be the first. I and my fellow North Carolina CEOs are committed to improving early childhood literacy. It is essential to the children of North Carolina, to North Carolina businesses, and to our state’s economy."

Read more of Jim Goodnight's Op-Ed in the News and Observer.