Studies show that 74% of students who fall behind in reading proficiency at the end of third grade do not graduate from high school. In strategic alliance with the Community Foundation, Every Child / Every Promise is leading an effort to ensure Dubuque's children have the resources they need to meet this critical milestone and to succeed in school and life.
In June 2011, the National Civic League (NCL), the organization that honored Dubuque with the 2007 All-America City Award, joined forces with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to support national efforts to address this challenge in education.
Based on Dubuque's ambitious Community Solutions Action Plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade, the National Civic League named our community a 2012 All-America City on July 2, 2012. Dubuque was one of 14 awardees selected from 32 finalists.