Less than 40% of American 3rd grade students are reading at grade level. Between 3rd and 4th grade a child transitions from learning to read, to reading to learn. Without basic reading skills, the child falls further and further behind.
75% of children who read poorly at age 9 will struggle to read for the rest of their lives, and they’re likely to fall behind in other academic areas, too.
1 in 4 boys suffer with some level of dyslexia
1 in 5 students suffer from learning differences
The literacy gaps between low-income and high-income students and between white students and students of color are vast. These early gaps lead to compounding achievement disparities. But illiteracy is not caused by poverty – it is heightened by poverty because of limited access to resources both inside and outside of school.
Many children in high-income zip codes also struggle with learning to read. Some families are able to afford outside tutoring. Others are not. By some estimates, 1/3 of America’s struggling readers are from college-educated families