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Document Number: 8589

Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters - Students who don't read well by the end of the 3rd grade have a greater chance of dropping out of high school than their classmates who are better readers. Through 3rd grade, children are learning to read. After that they are reading to learn. If they have not learned to read by the end of the 3rd grade, as much as half of the printed 4th-grade curriculum is incomprehensible. The effects fall more harshly on children from low-income families. If current trends continue, the report says, as many as 83% of lower-income children are at an increased risk of dropping out of high school because they didn't read well by 3rd grade. (Leila Fiester, Annie E. Casey Foundation, May 2010)...

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