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Research Confirms Importance of Reading

Findings underscore need to address economic achievement gaps

Children who are not proficient readers in third grade are four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than proficient readers.

A new report shows that children who are not proficient readers in third grade are four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than proficient readers. The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, "Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading," outlines these finding and more, and gives recommendations for boosting children’s academic success, especially those living in low-income households.