Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

The ability to read is central to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential, and the ability to contribute to the nation’s economy and its security. Millions of children reach fourth grade without being able to read proficiently, and that puts them on the dropout track. The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its KIDS COUNT Special Report, Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters to focus attention on the critical importance of achieving grade-level reading proficiency for all children by the end of third grade.

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