Double Jeopardy

How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2012


Graduation rates are dramatically impacted by:

  1. Reading level at the end of third grade
  2. Having lived in a high-poverty neighborhood
  3. Experiencing family poverty

Policy and program strategies must be enacted in three arenas: schools, families and legislation on the federal, state and local levels.

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Key Takeaway

There are several risk factors that lead to the likelihood of not graduating from high school

35% of children who were poor, lived in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and not reading proficiently failed to graduate high shcool on time.

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