Early grade reading: Paving the way to success

Why Is It Important?

A child who can’t read at grade level by 3rd grade is 4x less likely to graduate from high school. If this same child lives in poverty, the child is 13x less likely to graduate. Both kindergarten readiness and 3rd grade reading are key ingredients to future academic success. 

If we want to improve high school and college graduation rates, develop a more robust and attractive workforce, and fundamentally improve the quality of life for thousands of people in our region, our collective work must focus on two of the most critical milestones for student (and ultimately adult) success: kindergarten readiness and early grade-level reading.