Early Warning Confirmed

A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading

By The Annie E. Casey Foundation

November 29, 2013


This report underscores the urgency of ensuring that children develop proficient reading skills by the end of third grade, especially those living in poverty or in impoverished communities. A follow up to 2010's "Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters," this report supports the link between reading deficiencies and broader social consequences, including how living in poor households and high-poverty neighborhoods contribute to racial disparities in literacy skills in America and how low achievement in reading impacts an individual’s future earning potential.

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Key Takeaway

Low reading scores and potential for high school graduation

Children with the lowest reading scores account for 33% of all students, yet they account for 63% of all children who do not graduate from high school.

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