Read to be Ready The Tri-Star State: A New Administration Means New Priorities By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán & Jason Moon Wilkins • Jun 23, 2019 U.S. Department of Education Listen Listening... / 3:55 The Tri-Star State — A Tennessee Politics Podcast — Week of June 23, 2019 A Tennessee initiative to boost literacy rates is in jeopardy. The Read To Be Ready program launched in 2016 and had an ambitious goal of increasing literacy among third graders. But its popular summer camp program has officially run out of funds. Lack Of Funding Puts Tennessee Literacy Summer Program At Risk By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán • Jun 12, 2019 TN Photo Services Listen Listening... / 1:21 Hear the radio version of this story. A state program aimed at increasing literacy rates among Tennessee students may not be funded next year. The goal of Read to be Ready is to increase the share of third-graders who are proficient at reading to 75% by 2025. Less than half of students did when the program started in 2016.