not reading by 3rd grade? maybe you won’t graduate

A new study that came out recently found that children who do not read at grade level by 3rd grade are much less likely to graduate from high school.

A student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix, and a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer.

ARGGGGH!  Thirteen times less likely to graduate?!  Okay, now I really do feel like I’m pushing a boulder up a hill.  My school is full of children in poverty, and filled with kids who don’t or didn’t read at grade level by 3rd grade.

I could get depressed, but I am trying to turn over a new leaf and not let stress — and other people’s problems — get me down.  Instead, I will continue to focus on catching ’em early, and sending them off to kindergarten ready to read.

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