Too Many Young Readers Still Aren’t Making the Grade

Posted January 21, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog fourthgradereading 2016

By fourth grade, kids often hit the books to learn about new sub­jects, and this is one of many rea­sons why strong read­ing skills are vital to their aca­d­e­m­ic success.

The KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter tracks the per­cent­age of fourth graders who are not pro­fi­cient in read­ing — and there’s both good and bad news to share.

The good news? Read­ing scores for fourth graders steadi­ly improved over the last 5 years. These gains occurred through­out the coun­try, across all racial and eth­nic groups and regard­less of fam­i­ly income levels.

The bad news: Despite these improve­ments, rough­ly 2 out of 3 fourth graders failed to score pro­fi­cient in read­ing in 2015.

Among fourth graders of col­or, 82% of black stu­dents, 79% of Lati­no stu­dents and 78% of Amer­i­can Indi­an stu­dents were read­ing at a below-pro­fi­cient lev­el in 2015.

Explore new edu­ca­tion achieve­ment data — at the nation­al and state lev­el — in the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter.

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