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School Age - Research
Children that are uanble to read by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school! This is because until third grade, children are learning how to read. After third grade, children are reading to learn. If children are uanble to read, they struggle to understand that materials in all of their textbooks. To learn more about why third grading is so important, explore the research by clicking on the titles below.
2010 KIDS COUNT Special Report - Third Grade Reading Proficiency
The 2010 KIDS COUNT Special Report makes the case that reading proficiently by grade three is a fundamental benchmark in developmental success and overall childhood well-being.
Reading on Grade Level in Third Grade: How is it Related to High School Performance and College Enrollment?
This study examines whether third grade reading level can be used as an indicator for four future educational outcomes measures such as: eighth grade reading level, ninth-grade course performance, high school graduation, and college attendance.
This study finds that students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave without a diploma than proficient readers. It is notable in breaking down for the first time the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.
Improving Reading Comprehension for Kindergarten through Third Grade
Students who read with understanding at an early age gain access to a broader range of texts, knowledge, and educational opportunities, making early reading comprehension instruction particularly critical. This guide recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards
The English-language arts and mathematics standards for grades K-12 establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare America's children for success in college and work. Shortly after their release, the Michigan State Board of Education adopted the Career and College Ready Common Core State Standards (CCR-CCSS) as the new standards for K-12 Mathematics and English Language Arts. The link will bring you to the Common Core Standards for Language Arts.