Reading Skills Predict High School Graduation Rates

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Research |

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 Graduationa 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!