Succeeding in school is harder for students who struggle to read. Predicting the optimal age for learning assistance can change kids lives. This detailed Chicago Public School System study suggests when to intercede and why.
Nearly 80% of students reading above grade level in 3rd grade graduated high school within five years.
Findings & Stats
9th Grade Prep
Students who are better prepared for a successful 9th grade year are more likely to have positive future outcomes regardless of 3rd grade reading status.
Very few students who were reading below grade level in 3rd grade were reading above grade level in 8th grade.
Foster Care Affects Reading
52% of students who ever spent time in foster care read below grade level in 3rd grade.
Race and Reading
44% of black students and 33% of Latino students read below grade level compared to 18% of white students.
Statements & Quotations
For 85% to 90% of poor readers, prevention and intervention programs implemented before third grade can increase reading skills to the average grade levels. However, if intervention is delayed until 9 years of age, approximately 75% of children will continue to have difficulties learning to read throughout high school and their adult years.
The results of this study cannot determine whether low reading performance in third grade causes low future educational performance. Rather, it is more likely that other individual, family and community factors contribute to both low reading performance and future educational outcomes for students.
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