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ERIC Number: EJ898746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n1 p27-31 Sep 2010
Millions of American children reach 4th grade without learning to read proficiently. The shortfall is especially pronounced among low-income children. Reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade is a crucial marker in a child's educational development. Failure to read proficiently is linked to higher rates of school dropout, which suppresses individual earning potential as well as the nation's competitiveness and general productivity. Several factors contribute to low reading proficiency. At a minimum, children must be ready to succeed when they get to school (cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically) before they can learn there. Much is already known about how people learn to read and how to impart reading skills, and many sterling programs already exist around the country. The problem is that policies and funding streams are too fragmented, programs too segmented by children's age and grade, and key interventions too partial to get widespread, positive results. This article presents recommendations for raising grade-level reading proficiency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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