Success by 3rd Grade is important for many reasons.
In a 2010 Annie. E Casey Foundation Report titled Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters on they wrote
“Up to half of the printed fourth-grade curriculum is incomprehensible to students who read below that grade level, according to the Children’s Reading Foundation. And three-quarters of the students who are poor readers in third grade will remain poor readers in high school, according to researchers at Yale University.” This will become an even bigger challenge with the new and much tougher Florida State Standards –know elsewhere as the Common Core Standards
They also wrote, “Our current approach to testing and standards masks the extent of our nation’s problem with reading proficiency.”
Reading comprehension is clearly the issue. In work done by Taylor Reading Plus, they found that 75% of the 3rd graders tested this school year were 2 to 2.5 years below grade level. Reading comprehension is the issue, and as parents and professionals, we need to focus on improving our kid’s reading comprehension and love of reading.
We believe the Success by 3rd Grade Campaign includes several elements:
- Getting the Federal Government and the states to agree that Success by 3rd Grade could and should be a top goal
- Driving that down to the school level, so principals have goals to increase their 3rd Grade Success rate
- Parents also focus on Success by 3rd Grade for your child
- In Florida, shifting the focus from just the 3rd Grade FCAT, also known as the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT, to a program focused on both reading comprehension and the 3rd grade FCAT.
We welcome comments on our Success by 3rd Grade Campaign