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Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, 2010
May 18, 2010
Download file: casey_early_warning_report_2010.pdf
Children who read at grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work and in life. This KIDS COUNT Special Report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks to ensure all students are proficient in reading by the end of third grade and to help narrow the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children.
The report highlights children’s reading proficiency as being central to their school success, life-long earning potential and ability to contribute to the nation’s economy and its security. According to the report, California ranks 46th in the nation in fourth grade reading proficiency, with roughly three out of four fourth-graders (76 percent) failing to read at grade level. The state’s high school dropout rate is approaching 20 percent overall, with rates ranging from eight percent for Asian students, 12 percent for white students, 24 percent for Latino students and 33 percent for African American students. In California, this translates into 98,000 students per class who fail to graduate.
Children Now is the Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT grantee for the state of California.