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.