Early Warning, a KIDS COUNT special report, found that reading well by 3rd grade impacts the future success of kids. New research confirms these findings and intensifies the urgency around getting kids of color to read proficiently.
Three years after the publication of Casey's Early Warning and the start of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR), a wealth of new research supports the Campaign’s mission and sense of urgency. It reaffirms that third-grade reading proficiency is crucial for continued academic success and to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
The academic achievement gap between rich- poor kids is nearly double the black-white achievement gap.