(Mandan, ND) — Teachers and parents in North Dakota are working together to maintain the state’s outstanding literacy rate. According to the World Population Review, North Dakota has a 93-point-seven-percent literacy rate – third highest in the country. Since the onset of the pandemic, though, the rate has been declining. Monday, a group of teachers from across the state met in Mandan to discuss how to utilize the most recent Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grants. Educational leaders agree that while classroom instruction is important, literacy starts at home.