Early Reading Proficiency in the United States

A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 30, 2014


Proficient 4th-grade readers are more likely to be high school graduates and be economically successful adults. Although reading proficiency rates have improved over the past decade, large disparities still exist. This KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot outlines those disparities and recommendations to overcome them.

Key Takeaway

Key Demographic Takeaways

Aecf Early Reading Proficiency KC Snapshot bydemo
Aecf Early Reading Proficiency KC Snapshot map

The likelihood that children will read proficiently by fourth grade varies dramatically by where they grow up.

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