Reading Skills Predict High School Graduation Rates
Reading is a great Playtime activity – and it may be even more important than we thought!
Double Jeopardy: How Poverty & Third-Grade Reading Skills Influence High School Graduation, a longitudinal study that followed nearly 4,000 students, found that students who do not read proficiently in the third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than those who do read proficiently.
The study, which was commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, also found that over 22% of children who have lived in poverty do not graduate from high school, compared to 6% of those who have never been poor. For children who were poor for at least one year and were not proficient readers by the third grade, 26% do not graduate from high school. This is more than 6 times the rate for proficient readers.
Reading with our kids could be crucial to their future success – so at the next Playtime, try settling down with a few good books!