Third Grade Struggling Readers
In a Class of 25 Third-Grade Kids…
In another study (Lesnik J., Goerge, R., Smithgall, C., Gwynn, J., 2010), of 26,000 students, found that, of students in the 24th quartile or less, in third-grade reading assessments, less than 20% of those went on to attend college. At the other end of the scale, almost 60% of the students in the top quartile of reading assessments in the third grade enrolled in college. See the graphic below.
The strongest readers in third grade, in the top quarter of reading achievement, were essentially 3X more likely to enroll and be accepted into college as their peers who struggled!
Parents, please make sure you are doing everything to help your child become the best reader they can! While no one has a crystal ball, it’s shockingly apparent from the research that your child’s early reading is a key factor in their success in later life. Make sure you are taking the time, effort, money, or whatever means you can, to build your child’s reading skills at this critical juncture.