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Children's Need to Read (by Third Grade) and the Importance of Closing the "Readiness Gap"

Having the ability to read by third grade is one of the major indicators for whether or not a child is headed down the road to academic and long-term success.  There are several factors that impact below grade-level reading proficiency that tend to disproportionately affect children of color from low-income families, including a need to close the “readiness gap.”Read the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s report, Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters. 09/30/2010