Stand for Children Massachusetts' newly-appointed Executive Director, Ranjini Govender, is making work to improve early literacy rates a top priority for her state.
A former teacher and education law attorney, Ranjini joined the Stand Massachusetts team as the Government Affairs Director five years ago, and played a key role in developing and implementing Stand's teacher effectiveness ballot measure. As she steps into the Exective Director position, Ranjini plans to tackle the issue of early literacy, in order to give Massachusetts children a better chance at success in academics and beyond.
According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's most recent numbers, 43 percent of Massachusetts students are not reading proficiently by third grade. Third grade is an important milestone for children when it comes to reading and writing skills, and being able to read proficiently by this point is an important indicator of a student's future success. Many Stand states across the country are working to improve early literacy rates for their students, and Ranjini in Massachusetts is championing the cause.
To learn more about what Ranjini and Stand are doing to improve outcomes for students in Massachusetts, read this interview with her from Worcester's Telegram.com.