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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.

Pre-Service Teacher Preparation and Coursework

Teacher education students have begun taking approved Read to Succeed coursework in their programs of study to obtain Read to Succeed endorsements on their initial license. Currently, all initially licensed teachers in South Carolina will have a Read to Succeed endorsement added to their licenses as part of completing their initial licensure. EPPs are encouraged to consider how to best implement the pre-service guidelines outlined herein while also meeting the Read to Succeed needs of current in-service educators, schools, and districts.

Additionally, students entering teacher education programs, including MAT programs, must complete the approved course sequence in literacy to ensure that teacher candidates grasp the theory, research, and practices that support and guide the teaching of reading. All South Carolina teacher preparation programs have had coursework approved to ensure that teacher candidates graduating from their programs will possess the knowledge and skills to effectively assist children in becoming proficient readers.  Pre-service courses are required to align with the South Carolina literacy competencies. Colleges are required to submit pre-service course sequences for approval. Students who completed teacher education programs prior to the 2015-2016 academic year will not receive course credit towards the Read to Succeed endorsements because course curriculum was changed to align with competencies written in 2014-2015.

Educator Endorsements

All 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.

Educator In-Service Courses

This section houses the approved in-service coursework and professional development for earning the Read to Succeed literacy endorsements. The coursework or professional development may be used for license renewal.

Reading Plans

The South Carolina State Reading Plan was developed by the 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.

Third Grade Retention

Act 284 (Read to Succeed) requires that 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) has released interventions for frameworks and guides for districts to use when planning intervention protocols and services for students. These resources, along with other high-quality intervention resources from external partners, may be found using the link above.