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Study Links Chances of Graduating to Early Reading Ability

Students who can't read on grade level by the 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school on time than proficient readers, according to a new study my colleague Sarah D. Sparks writes about over at Inside School Research.

If poverty is added to the mix, the chances are even worse. As Sarah explains, a student who has lived in poverty AND was reading below grade level in the third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than a student who was proficient and was not poor.

Here's a link to a press release and the report itself, "Double Jeopardy: How Poverty & Third-Grade Reading Skills Influence High School Graduation," which was commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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