Early Warning Confirmed, Executive Summary

A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

February 6, 2013

Summary

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.

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Key Takeaway

reading skills lead to high school readiness

26% of poor readers who have lived in poverty fail to graduate high school. 14% of good readers from high-poverty neighborhoods fail to graduate compared to 4% from middle-income neighborhoods.

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