Early reading is a powerful driver of young people’s achievement in school and beyond. In fact, reading by the third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.
Reading proficiency in early elementary remains unacceptably low for students living in underserved communities. Children in poverty hear 32 million fewer words by age four than children in high-income households, leaving them lagging behind their peers. Many urban students begin each school year without the skills and knowledge needed to complete grade-level work.
Shockingly, three out of four teachers in these schools are not sufficiently prepared in their education programs to address the reading challenges demonstrated by many of their students.
Early Reading Matters is our response to this crisis.