The 3rd Grade Crunch

Times Daily (Florence, AL)
Proficient reading skills by the end of third grade are a must to ensure further academic success for children, experts on early education experts say. That's no surprise to educators. But now, a recent study shows the repercussions for students lacking proficiency. The study, "Early warning confirmed: A research update on third-grade reading," shows the lack of reading proficiency bears much broader social consequences, including how living in poor households and high-poverty neighborhoods contribute to disparities in literacy skills.

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