Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Arizona’s Fourth Grade Reading Gap Follows Home Income Gap

Seventy-two percent of Arizona fourth-graders are reading below grade level. That is one finding of a new Kids Count Data Snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Casey Foundation’s Elizabeth Burke Bryant says one key to success in life is learning to read in the early grades.
 
Although Arizona fourth-grade reading levels have improved over the past decade, the reading gap between higher and lower-income students is getting worse. The report finds 43% of Arizona’s higher-income fourth-graders are reading at or above grade level, compared with only 15% of lower-income kids.

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