From kindergarten through third grade, children are learning to read. Then in fourth grade, they transition to use reading to learn.
The simple ability to read opens innumerable doors and opportunities that each child deserves. Without this ability, students suffer.
Kids who can’t read proficiently in third grade are four times more likely to dropout or fail to graduate from high school, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For poor black and Hispanic students, that likelihood doubles.
ExcelinEd has developed a strategic K-3 Reading policy to ensure students enter fourth grade with the foundational reading skills they will need to learn, graduate and succeed. Visit ExcelinEd’s Policy Library for more information, or contact Cari@ExcelinEd.org to learn how ExcelinEd can support your state.