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2010 Kids Count Special Report: Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

2010 Kids Count Special Report: Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters is a discussion of the barriers, challenges, and opportunities surrounding the current state of grade-level reading performance nationwide.

Children who read on grade-level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work, and in life. Helping our children reach this critical milestone can curb high school dropout rates, increase the number of students graduating from college, and prepare them to compete in an ever-evolving global economy.

This year’s special report addresses reasons why it is important for children to read at grade-level by the end of third grade, what research and practice tell us about the causes of underperformance and solutions that work, as well as what we think can be done to achieve a dramatic increase in the number of low-income children who attain reading proficiency, as measured by rigorous standards.

In an effort to make better use of information and technology to improve child outcomes, the Kids Count Data Center provides a web-friendly version of the 2010 KidsCount Special Report. See Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters ( PDF, 62pp).

Also on the site, you can download the executive summary, a list of grade-level reading indicators, or order a hard copy of the report.

The Kids Count Data Center contains hundreds of measures of child well-being at the national, state, county, and city level. Visitors to the web site can create their own customized graphs and geographic profiles on topics including economic well-being, education, health, the number of children in immigrant families, and more.


This special report and web site are available through the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.


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