Literacy First is a comprehensive, researched-based process that accelerates student learning and achievement from pre-school to 12th grade. In using the Literacy First approach teachers are better able to meet student needs through concentrated and direct reading instruction. Instruction is assessment driven and directed according to individual student needs. In turn, students find more success and assurance in reading that carries across the curriculum. Nationally normed assessments have proven that the use of the Literacy First Process closes the reading gap for all tested subgroups.