Sheila Tanner

Mrs.Sheila Tanner
Literacy Coach


Read to Succeed Act 284

Act 284, Read to Succeed legislation, was created in 2015 to address literacy performance in South Carolina and put in place a comprehensive system of support to ensure SC students graduate on time with the literacy skills they need to be successful in college, careers and citizenship. Act 284 provides for a strong assessment and intervention system for students kindergarten through twelfth grade with a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.

Third Grade Retention

Act 284 (Read to Succeed) requires that, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a student must be retained in the third grade if the student fails to demonstrate reading proficiency at the end of third grade as indicated by scoring at the lowest achievement level on the state summative reading assessment SC READY. A student may be exempt for good cause from the mandatory retention but shall continue to receive instructional support and services and reading intervention appropriate for their age and reading level. The Read to Succeed Team is aware of research around third grade retention and is currently researching models and solutions in other states and among stakeholders in South Carolina.


The Read to Succeed Team in the Office of Early Learning and Literacy at the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is pleased to release South Carolina Intervention Guidance –Kindergarten through Grade Five. This document is intended to provide support and guidance as you strengthen or begin intervention efforts in your districts and schools. This document is not intended to be a list of programs or products one might purchase for intervention. While programs and products, when used in support of high quality classroom and /or small group instruction, by specially trained educators, can have an impact on student learning, it is high quality instruction customized for the learner that impacts student achievement.

Summer Reading Camp

One of the many components of Read to Succeed is third grade summer reading camps. Each district must identify third grade students who are not reading proficiently on grade level and provide them with the opportunity to attend a summer reading camp. During the summer reading camps students will be taught by highly qualified teachers who have experience in working with struggling readers. Students will have the opportunity to receive small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills.

Reading Plans

The South Carolina State Reading Plan was developed by (SCDE) to support development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous refinement of a comprehensive state literacy plan for prekindergarten through grade twelve to improve reading achievement and provide guidance to district and school plans as they work to support the reading and writing development of their students with research-based, outcomes-oriented strategies and interventions.

Educator Endorsements 

Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, South Carolina teachers must complete professional development or coursework related to literacy to earn either the Read to Succeed (R2S) Literacy Teacher endorsement or requirement, depending on their certification area(s). Educators will have 10 years or two renewal periods to complete the required coursework or professional development for the Read to Succeed endorsement, beginning with their next renewal period. The coursework or professional development may be used for license renewal.